By Kando Inoue rohsi
Shobogenzo The Four Abodes of Mindfulness
Sanjushichi-Bon-Bodai-Bunpo Thirty-seven Items of Bodhi
There is the law of universe of old buddhas, it is, namely, the teaching, practice, and enlightenment of the thirty-seven items of bodhi. The entanglement of ascending and descending classes, is still the fundamental law of the entanglement. We call it the buddhas and we call it the patriarchs.
There is “the law of universe of old buddhas,” koan; the law of universe is what everyone is dealing with right now, in front of their eyes, publicly. The word kou公 is public. It will be clear for you saying that you cannot live without it rather than you have to protect it. That’s what koan; the law of universe is.
There are thirty-seven items listed in it.We are going to see through them all from now. Because it is teaching, practice, and enlightenment, there is teaching and we actually experience it, when you experience it, it becomes clear what the content of that experience is. That is a proof. It is a proof as getting enlightened.
From that, it comes first that it is impossible to do it only to read and understand what's written. Teaching. If you hear it, if the teaching is there, you receive it, “Oh so that is what it is. Well then how it is like, what it is, I will try to do so, I will act,” that’ how it works. Whenever it is done, there will the result of the action. In this way, you will be able to say, "I see, I see, it is just as I was taught at first.” Things like that happen. This is Teaching, practice, and enlightenment.
There is the phrase, “The entanglement of ascending and descending classes, is still the fundamental law of the entanglement.” I would say rise and fall, ups and downs, ascending and descending. There are things you understand well or you can’t understand. In this way we become one with things and live getting at the truth of the things. That way, how we go on and on to the end of the earth. The representatives of those who have lived in this way are called buddhas or Zen adepts.