Thursday, October 28, 2010

Study Hall - Shobogenzo

I had not previously read the 'Regulations for the Auxiliary Cloud Hall at the Kannondori Kosho Gokoku Monastery' - and I will refrain from typing out the Japanese title - but as ino it makes for fun reading:
"The assembly of students in the hall should blend like milk and water to support the activity of the way. Although now for some period you are either guest or host, later you will be buddha ancestors equally throughout time. Therefore, you should not forget the feeling of gratitude. It is rare to meet one another and practice what is rare to practice...Do not waste a moment. Concentrate your effort.
Day or night, always inform the director of the hall where you are going to be. Do not play around according to your own impulses; your actions affect the discipline of the entire assembly. Who knows? This may be the last day of your life. It would be truly regrettable to die while indulging in pleasures...
Do not enter the hall intoxicated with wine. If you do so by accident, you should make a formal repentance. Do not enter the hall smelling of onions...
Wish to be serenely composed for your entire life and to practice the way free of expectations".

2 comments:

Cristi said...

Thanks for the teaching, I was feeling a bit indulgent to put work before practice, so it fits my day well. Though I can't promise I won't arrive smelling of onions (more probably garlic) some day!

Mike said...

That last line is a zinger.