Hi, I feel that sometimes the practice of Kinhin isn't address as much so I want to share my thoughts on it and maybe open a discussion on the topic..
Here are some of my thoughts on the Kinhin that I wrote as a draft essay for one of my classes:
The practice of walking mediation is just as important, and for some, more important than a formal mediation practice. During formal mediation practice it is much easier to stay focus, see thoughts arise, and let them pass, because the environment of formal mediation practice is conducive to that type of practice. To some it even becomes another form of conditioning. When you take a certain seated posture, the mind begins to calm down because that is what it was trained to do, having nothing to do with spiritual progress, just another mechanical action.
Yet walking mediation can have a profound effect for some, because as it is now, a lot of spiritual practitioners live their lives in a dichotomy. There is a gap between spiritual life, and everyday life. A gap that has to be closed. Walking mediation is the bridge, essentially it can help show that this gap never existed in the first place. A profound stillness is developed and realized during sitting mediation, yet once we get back into our everyday routine it is very easy for that stillness to be forgotten in the sheer chaos and constant movement that is our lives. Walking mediation teaches stillness amongst that activity.
The practice of walking meditation allows one to experience the same stillness found during sitting while commuting to and from work or school, teaches us how to be fully present while on the bus or train. At that point one is no longer practicing mediation, because at that the mediator has disappeared, leaving only pure awareness in its place. It is here that one realizes that the gap between practice and life has never existed, at this point one is no longer in need of a formal practice, because once that gap is transcended, one will dwell in constant mediation, dwell in that constant state that is available to us during our practice.
Just some thoughts...