Angya is a term used in Zen Buddhism in reference to the traditional pilgrimage a monk or nun makes from monastery to monastery, literally translated as "to go on foot."[1] The term also applies to the modern practice in Japan of an unsui (novice monk) journeying to seek admittance into a monastery for the first time. These unsui traditionally wear and/or carry a kasa, white cotton leggings, straw sandals, a kesa, a satchel, razor, begging bowls (hachi) and straw raincoat.[2] When arriving the novice typically proffers an introductory letter and then must wait for acceptance for a period of days called tangaryo. Upon admittance he undergoes a probationary period known as tanga zume.[1][2] Considered an aspect of the early monk's training, angya had in ancient times lasted for many years for some. For instance, Bankei Yotaku undertook a four year angya upon leaving Zuio-ji in 1641.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Baroni, 8-9
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wood, 4
  3. Hakeda, et al.; xxiv-xxv


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