buddhazen101:

The keisaku, or stick of compassion, is used during long periods of zazen, or sitting Zen, to help the meditator correct his posture.  In zendos, or meditation halls, a blow is delivered on both shoulders, and it is only given upon request.  Of course, the one delivering the keisaku strikes is seen as compassionate, and Zen students bow after receiving the blows to keep the awake or in good posture.

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