Turning the light inwards
Truth is under your feet
Japanese Monk Master Dogen Zenji (1200-1253) says in his Scripture Fukan-zazengi (The Way of Zazen Recommended to Everyone), "Originally, the Way (truth) is complete and universal. But if you use your wisdom and try to understand it, you will lose your mind in confusion. Therefore learn to withdraw, turning the light inwards, illuminating the Self."
He might be telling us that if we run after the truth using our own wisdom, it will not be possible for us to reach. If, on the other hand, we cease to use our minds at all (samatha), and see things as they really are (vipasyana), there is nothing hidden and the truth will be just beneath our feet.
The disputes between Japan, China, and South Korea, over historical issues are becoming chaotic. However, to confess and repent for errors committed in the past, does not mean a rewriting of history, but means that history will itself be allowed to speak the truth. Further we should produce fruit in keeping with repentance. If we purposely adopt or reject any part of the past, we may not observe the truth.
Love your enemies
Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." (Mat 5:17-18)
He continues, "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Mat 5:38-44)
While God in the Old Testament was jealous as he burned and massacred not only pagans but also Jews who sinned against him, Jesus did not deny but fulfilled and accomplished such Jewish religion into a religion which relieved all people, irrespective of race through his Crucifixion.
A reflection of Japan to save the world
If we Japanese, in keeping with our repentance, produce such fruit that has the power to resolve, not only the issues of sovereignty over Takeshima Island and The Senkaku Islands, but also the relationship issues between North and South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China and even the Middle East Conflict, I believe China, together with Korea and other neighboring countries, would accept Japanese visiting the Yasukuni shrine. (Eko-an-Hensho-koji 2005/05/27)
What is "Baptism with The Holy Spirit"?
According to the dialectic of the Gospel of John,
【thesis】 "A man can possess eternal life through accepting testimony of the Son of man and being baptized by him." (John 5:24)
【anti-thesis】 But "The one who comes from the earth cannot accept the testimony by one from heaven."(John 3:32)
How then can a man possess eternal life?
【synthesis】 "If you want to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, you can just go back to the word which was with God in the beginning (John 1:1) and certify that God is truthful. (John 3:33)"
When he said, "You are Huichao," Zen Master Fayan thrusted vivid Self in Huichao in front of his eyes. (The Origin of Christianity P.171)
Turning the light inwards, illuminating the Self
“Therefore, cease studying words and following letters. Learn to withdraw, turning the light inwards, illuminating the Self. (Doing so), your body and mind will drop off naturally, and original-Self will become manifest. If you wish to attain suchness, practice suchness immediately.” (Fukan-zazengi:Translated by Shohaku Okumura)
Rinzairoku (LinJi lu)
A monk asked "How is it that the grand master (Bodhidharma) came from India to China?"
Master answered, "If he had some intent, he cannot save himself."
The monk said, "If he had no intent, how could the second grand master get the mind-seal?"
Master said, "What he got was nothing."
The Monk said, "If what he got was nothing, what does 'getting nothing' mean?"
Master said, "Because you run all the way round and cannot rest, Grand master said 'you foolish man why do you shake your head and seek your head?' You should turn the light inwards, illuminate the Self immediately and do not seek anything else. If you then find yourself similar to Buddha and unharmed, you have already got it."
Makashikan (Great Concentration and Insight) is one of three major texts of the Tendai Buddhism.)
In the genuine practice of entering Nirvana, there are apparently many paths.
But if we think about only the most vital necessities, two methods stand out.
The first, Samatha, quiets one's evil passions, and the second, Vipasyana, further leads one to deny unwholesome desires.
When Samatha (stopping) results in one's winning entry into Dhyana-Samadhi (meditation trance), then Vipasyana (insight) becomes the foundation of Prajna (wisdom).
When both Samatha and Vipasyana are successfully practiced, the meditator enters Samadhi and receives Prajna.
In that state, the Dharma's altruistic goal of helping both self and others is fully completed.
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”(KJV)
“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
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