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Finding serenity in Zen Buddhism

Updated: Sep 9,2014 1:45 PM     China Daily

Campers find calm within from Zen Buddhism in Lushan Mountain in East China’s Jiangxi province, where they lead a cloistered life for about a week. [Photo by Wang Qi / China Daily]

At a camp for Zen Buddhism in Lushan Mountain in East China’s Jiangxi province, travelers lead a cloistered life for about a week.

[Photo by Wang Qi / China Daily]

The daily routine begins at 5:30 am, when a bell is sounded. Campers then take part in an hourlong reading session from the “Diamond Sutra”, a Buddhist text on wisdom, initiated by a Zen master to improve their concentration.

[Photo by Wang Qi / China Daily]

The campers are allowed to use cellphones but prohibited from leaving the mountain. It takes some time to get used to waking up at dawn and going to bed at dusk, but the feeling of seclusion is so complete that after five days of meditation, one of the campers claimed to have felt a strong sense of inner calm.

[Photo by Wang Qi / China Daily]

[Photo by Wang Qi / China Daily]

At the campsite, which is a monastery, visitors are given a set of meditation guidelines. Before going to bed, campers take turns striking a bell, in a gesture that symbolizes repentance for any wrongs. A walking meditation is also practiced outdoors, with the aim of achieving a balance between body and mind.

[Photo by Wang Qi / China Daily]

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