By Carl Bielefeldt
The Soto model of Zen meditation is named "just sitting," a tradition within which, throughout the cultivation of the delicate country of "nonthinking," the meditator is expounded to be introduced into excellent accord with the better attention of the "Buddha brain" inherent in all beings. This examine examines the historic and non secular personality of the perform because it is defined in Dogen's personal meditation texts, introducing new fabrics and unique views on probably the most influential religious traditions of East Asian civilization.
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9 Therefore, pay respect to the Sravakas of the Blessed One, who are always pure and of completely pure sila. O Venerable Sirs, let the samgha hear me. Today is the fourteenth day in the bright half of the lunar month, Posadha day for the samgha. So many nights have passed, so many remain. What preliminaries of the samgha should be done? Response: The Sravaka-samgha of the Blessed One has little that should be done. Leader: O Venerable Sirs, let the samgha hear me. Today is the fifteenth day in the bright half of the lunar month, Posadha day for the sarngha.
A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms, reprint (New York: Dover Publications, 1965), pp. 55-63. 20 S. Dutt, Buddhist Monks and Monasteries of India, p. 59. The brackets are mine. 21 Oldenberg, The Vinaya Pitakam, Vol. II, p. 6). 22 See the Ghotamukha Sutta, No. 94 in the Majjhima Nikaya. 23 S. Dutt, Buddhist Monks and Monasteries of India, p. 60. 24 See Oldenberg, The Vinaya Pitakam, Vol. I, pp. 6) and Vol. II, p. 159 (Cullavagga VIA 10); see also S. Dutt, Early Buddhist Monachism, pp. 150-151. 25 S.
The story is a familiar one, related in the Posadhavastus of the various Vinayas. King Srenlya Bimbisara, the well-known patron of Buddhism, observed that various groups within the parivrajaka community came together on the eighth, fourteenth, and fifteenth of each fortnight to speak their respective Dharmas. In so doing, they gained adherents and prospered, arousing in Bimbisara the question as to why Buddha's followers did not observe this practice. Being possessed of the necessary amount of audacity, the king approached Gautama and questioned him on this point, suggesting that the bhiksu-samgha also hold these fortnightly meetings.
Dōgen's manuals of Zen meditation by Carl Bielefeldt