Interesting introductory film of the myth of Zen. The first half shows the rohatsu sesshin, a single event in an entire year of a monastery, as if Christianity were all about Lent. The second half shows different traditional Japanese arts associated to some extent with Zen, although that is debatable, since they are generally Chinese arts exported to Japan. Comparisons made between medieval Japanese and European culture sounded to me far fetched, especially when it connects a tea house (chashitsu) with a Gothic cathedral.
"While teachers of the middle way, mind only, transcendent wisdom, mantra, and other schools may have their own assertions, the fulfillment of those intentions is the same. There is not a single thing that is not contained within mind."
(Gampopa to Düsum Khyenpa, in "The First Karmapa", KTD Pub, p254)
“If you recognize the world of appearance and existence as the mind, realize the mind itself as empty, and have no grasping at the superiority of your realizations — this is the ultimate view."
(Chegom Dzongpa, in "The Book of Kadam", Wisdom Pub, p609)