By Kando Inoue rohsi at Entuji Okayama
Shobogenzo The Sixty, 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 realization 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,” to say that koan; the law of universe is what everyone faces in public. The letter 公kou means public. I t will be clear for you that you cannot live without it, rather than to say that you must adhere it. Which is called the law of universe.
Thirty -seven items are briefly mentioned. We are going to see through them from now. As it is teaching, practice, and enlightenment, there is teaching and we practically experience it, then it will become clear for us how the content of experience is. Which is the proof. It is the proof as getting enlightened. From that, it comes first that it will not do just to understand reading what was written. Teaching. If you listened and found there is teaching, you received it and “Oh is that so?” “Well then how it is like, what this is, I will try to so, I will act.” That sorts of things will be done. When being done, there always comes out the result of the action. Accordingly depending on it, “I see. It is true like what I have been taught at first.” Thing like that happens. Teaching, practice, and realization.
There is the phrase, “The entanglement of ascending and descending classes, is still the Fundamental Law of the entanglement.” I would say it ups and downs, ascending and descending. It is likely that saying to be able to understand well or not be able to understand. Like that we become one with things themselves and live to get at the truth of the things. That way, we go on the way to the end of the earth. The representatives of those who lived in that way is called buddhas or Zen adepts.