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Arm-severing sesshin

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arm-severing sesshin (danbi sesshin 斷臂攝心) A sesshin held to commemorate the Second Ancestor in China (Shintan niso 震旦二祖), Great Master Eka (Eka daishi 慧可大師), who is said to have severed his own arm (danpi 斷臂) and offered it to Bodaidaruma to demonstrate the sincerity and intensity of his desire for the latter's teachings. "Eka," "Bodaidaruma."

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