Shippei Zen Master Staff, Traditional Shuso Hossenshiki Ceremony Scepter, Japanese Red Lacquered Stick,18 Inch L
- Product Code: shippei
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Length 46CM × 3,6CM(wide)
Buddhist Zen Master Shippei Staff(vintage)
A shippei is a staff which curves slightly, approximately 15 inches (or half a metre long, which is used as a "symbol of a Zen master's authority" in Zen Buddhism. In contrast to the keisaku, the shippei was often used as a disciplinary measure for meditating monks. It can often be found at the side of a Zen master in a zendo and is also "one of seven items that make up a Zen monk's equipment." It is fashioned out of two pieces of bamboo that are shaped into the form of a spatula (or short bow), wound with rattan, and lacquered. Sometimes curved in the shape of an S, the shippei may be elaborately decorated with carvings(calligraphy, for example, Dragon and Tiger characters). It is still "sometimes employed to hit monks."
Shuso Hossenshiki (a ceremony found traditionally in Zen lineages) is a ceremonial rite-of-passage marking a student’s promotion to the rank of Senior seat (Shuso). It takes place at the conclusion of the intensive training period of Ango during which the student serves as a model to the sangha or community. ... At shuso hossen, the shuso gives his or her first dharma talk and takes questions from the community in a very ritualized for of Dharma Combat.
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