警策
Keisaku
Stick of encouragement

Also known as kyōsaku 教策.

 

 

 

Nakamura Tadashi, One Day, One Lifetime

In Zen Buddhism, the keisaku ( kyōsaku in the Soto school) is a flat wooden stick or slat used during periods of meditation to remedy sleepiness or lapses of concentration. This is accomplished through a strike or series of strikes, usually administered on the meditator's back and shoulders in the muscular area between the shoulder blades and the spine. The keisaku itself is thin and somewhat flexible; strikes with it, though they may cause momentary sting if performed vigorously, are not injurious.

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