The mindful practice of Japanese flute (shakuhachi)

Between the 17th and end of 19th centuries, Zen monks of the Fuke sect used the Shakuhachi as a tool for meditation. Shakuhachi playing as meditation is referred as suizen, often as a counterpart to zazen (sitting meditation of Zen) and mantra chanting in traditional Zen Buddhism. A decree enacted in 1614 by the Tokugawa government served as the legal basis for the establishment of the Fuke sect, which only admitted men of the samurai class and rōnin (samurais without a master). The monks of the Fuke sect were known as Komusō: monks of nothingness.

The Heart Sutra – Hannya Shingyo

The Heart Sutra is a revered text in Mahayana Buddhism. It is a short text that condenses central teachings in Buddhism. In the text, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, in Japan also known as Kannon Bosatsu, speaks to Shariputra, who was an important disciple of the historical Buddha. The Bosatsu describes the non-substantiality, emptiness or boundlessness of all phenomena. A main message is that everything is impermanent and interdependent.

The Essence of Shinto

This a summary of a book written by Motohisa Yamakage. The fountain of Shinto is a reverence of nature. Shinto originates from a sense of awe and gratitude toward the mysteries of nature. According to Yamage, the main concerns of Shinto are how each person contacts the spirit of Kami; how each person shows gratitude and respect toward Kami; and, how each person grows spiritually, by acquiring qualities that are the result of his or her contact with and reverence toward Kami.