臘八示衆 / Rohatsu Jishu 3

【The third day】
The third day night, Hakuin Zenji said that the essence of Buddha's philosophy is continuing from master to disciple. It was called as "Dendo no Bosatsu"(The Bosatsu of Dendo). Dendo means Buddhism torch relay, Bosatsu means the disciple who is challenging Buddhism shugyo.
And the Bosatsu who preserve the essence of Buddha's philosophy is called as "Goho no Bosatsu"(The Bosatsu of Goho). Goho means the defense of Buddhism.
The relationship between Dendo and Goho is like the relationship between Shike(the missionize priest) and Danetsu(the faithful).
Good discipline needs good relationship between the missionary and the faithful.
Therefore, Goho is regarded as most important.
Long time ago, when Kobo-daishi(Kukai) prayed to Dainichi-Nyorai, Kobo-daishi asked that who is the most excellent Bosatsu for Goho to Dainichi-Nyorai. Dainichi-Nyorai said it is Benzaiten(the goddess of water and fertile) is best for it.
Though Dendo is the most important, the discipline of Buddhism cannot be succeeded to the next without Goho. Thus, Goho is valued very much.
By the way, zen can be applicable as universally.
If it is applicated with Shintoism, the body is the microcosm of the universe, the universe is magnification of the body. There are all the gods of heaven and earth into the center of our mind.
Thus, if you want to pray the enshrined gods, it cannot be enshrined without the suitable environment for it.
The meaning of this is the gods cannot be enshrined without deep zen state.
For this, you should straighten your backbone and fill up your Ki(気) to your Tanden for sitting properly.
You can enshrine all the gods of heaven and earth when you don't have any impure delusion in your six root(eyes, ears, nose, tang, body, mind).
Even doing zazen in short time is meaningful.
Dogen-zenji said that the one day of working hard is the one day of valuable. the hundred year without working is the hundred year with bitter.
Go and try zen more hardly.

#zen #Hakuin #Rinzai

*Translated by NAKADAI

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