The Wholehearted Way: A Translation of Eihei Dagen's Bendowa, With Commentary by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi
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This edition also contains commentary on Bendowa by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi, a foreword by Taigen Daniel Leighton, and an Introduction by Shohaku Okumura, both of whom prepared this English translation.
QUESTION FOUR: The Hokke (Tendai) and Kegon teachings, which have been transmitted now in our country, are both the most sublime teachings of the Mahayana. 26 Moreover, the Shingon teaching was intimately transmitted from Vairocana Tathagata to Vajrasattva, from teacher to disciple without deviation. 17 Its principle is that "Mind itself is buddha" or "This mind becomes buddha," which propounds the true awakening of the five buddhas at the instant of sitting, without passing through many kalpas
commentaries on Bendowa simply say that dharma means buddha-dharma. They deal with these technical terms only by using other technical terms. Since there are no explanations of dharma, which is the most important word in the text, no one will understand it. Needless to say, dharma cannot be grasped with the intellect. But if it is completely incomprehensible, we should not bother to talk about it at all. We have to understand, at least intellectually, why buddha-dharma cannot be grasped with the
Zenji said, "Buddha's disciples should just learn buddha-dharma." Simply sitting zazen as jijuyu zanmai is vital. How is the situation in the Japanese S6t6 school today? Rinzai monks practice zazen a lot, but S6t6 monks do not practice so much. Priests who experienced zazen a little bit at Komazawa University or who sat for six months or a year at some monastery teach zazen to beginners. This is really ridiculous. "Clear-sighted masters who have attained the way and accord with enlightenment"
ancestors? This is a question about a commonly believed superstition in Dagen Zenji's time that seems ridiculous to us today. Ancient people must have had so much fear of dying. For them, how to be released from life and death was the matter of primary concern. Consequently, people seriously believed that the body surely dies but mind never dies. Modern people do not grieve over life and death. People think that to live is to have pleasure. They try to enjoy their lives and never think of death
family Tabataya in lse had just died. When the Tabataya family heard from others that the priest said the master had entered the dog's womb, they 179 The Wholehearted Way made a fuss. Later they paid a big sum to buy the puppy born from the female dog, and until its death took good care of it as the incarnation of the master. Of course they made a big donation to the priest. It may sound like a fairy tale to today's people, but this kind of story still exists in America, which is one of the