Walking meditation, also known as kinhin (Chinese: 経行; pinyin: jīngxíng; Japanese pronunciation: kinhin, kyōgyō; Korean: gyeonghyaeng; Vietnamese: kinh hành) is the walking meditation that is practiced between long periods of the sitting meditation known as zazen. The practice is common in Zen, Chan Buddhism, Korean Seon and Vietnamese Thiền.
Practitioners walk clockwise around a room while holding their hands in shashu (Chinese: 叉手; pinyin: chā shǒu): one hand closed in a fist while the other hand grasps or covers the fist. During walking meditation each step is taken after each full breath.
The pace of walking meditation may be slow (several steady steps per each breath) or brisk, almost to the point of jogging.
Frequency It is recommended that you practice at least 20 minutes a day to achieve maximum results. There are other techniques of meditation require less time especially if you are new to the practice of meditation or walking meditation. There have been know benefits to practicing even only 8 minutes per day.
Application When you use the walking meditation it’s meant to be used as a tool to unite soul with the supreme soul. When you’re connected to something of a higher power or vibration you have a higher sense of self. Walking meditation can be done anywhere anytime but typically is after a long period of sitting meditation. The goal is to increase mindfulness and raise your vibration through a focused effort on the meditation.
Benefits When you apply walking meditation this also increases Mindfulness. Which being more conscious of the present moment. Walking meditation is just one of the many different forms of meditation that increases mindfulness. It’s because you are focusing on your walking your breath and the sensations that are actively happening in your body. This helps steady the mind so we can see things more clearly. Some benefits of walking meditation are decreased depression, Increased Immune function, emotional reactivity,and decreased physical pain. When it comes to mindfulness it can be applied to any aspect of someone’s life and ultimately is a massive benefit.
The terms consist of the Chinese words 經 "to go through (like the thread in a loom)", with sutra as a secondary meaning, and 行 "walk". Taken literally, the phrase means "to walk straight back and forth." The opposite in Japanese to kinhin is zazen, "sitting meditation".
- Aitken, Robert (1999). Taking the Path of Zen. North Point Press. pp. 35–36. ISBN 0-86547080-4.
- Maezumi, Hakuyu Taizan; Glassman, Bernie (2002). On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, Mind. Wisdom Publications. pp. 48–49. ISBN 086171315X.
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