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Bodhidharma's Shoe

Film by Tom Davenport
Produced by Tom Davenport
Cinematographer: Tom Davenport
Editing: Tom Davenport
Copyright: 2008, Tom Davenport
23 minutes, Color
Original format: 8mm: Hi8 Video, 2008
Distributor: Davenport Films
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Bodhidharma's Shoe is a personal account of a seven day intensive Zen retreat or "Sesshin" at Bodhi Manda Zen Center. The filmmaker intercuts video of the retreat with drawings of traditional Japanese Zen monastic life by Giei Sato that were published in the book "Unsui: A Diary of Zen Monastic Life" (University of Hawaii Press).

Bodhi Manda Zen Center is located in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. The teacher is Joshu Sasaki Roshi who was born in Japan in 1907 and came to the United States to teach in 1962. Bodhi Manda is one of the more traditional Rinzai Zen centers in the United States. Other American Zen centers have adapted and changed (using English in the chanting, for example) but the core practices of Zen centers are similar.

Filmmaker Tom Davenport is the founder of He began his Zen practice in the late 1960s and leads the Delaplane Zen Group in Northern Virginia. Bodhidharma is the legendary Buddhist monk who brought Zen (Ch'an) practice from India to China in the 5th Century.