Zen:Partout et Toujours - deuxième partie (1971)

This second part of the program explores the influence of Zen on Japanese life in many fields (work, medicine, university, sports). The director went to meet the many laics who practice Zen in villages, schools and universities. He visited a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo (the Mikasakaikan) where employees practice zazen (with the Kyosaku stick) before their workday. The psychology laboratory at Komasawa University studies the psycho-physiological effects of zazen. Zen master Sensei DESHIMARU undergoes various tests (electrocardiogram and electroencephalogram) to measure them. A monk learns foot massage, along the acupuncture meridians, using traditional Zen methods. Oriental medicine also uses moxibustion with sage sticks. The film shows the practice of Zen in a village, at the Zen University attached to the Soji-ji Monastery in Yokoama, in a primary school, in a monastery where the children are trained in martial arts (kendo, aikido) in the Zen tradition of abandoning the ego and learning good breathing and meditative walking. The sword ceremony, inherited from Kenjutsu, calligraphy and the art of floral arrangements (Ikebana) are also part of the Japanese Zen tradition. Finally, the director attended the training of a master of Nô, M Kita, without costume and mask.