Man Does Not Live On Bread Alone---The Way of Business Taught by Jesus and Rinzai
Working experience of Jesus
Jesus was a descendent of a Royal family and Levi's tribe, as his legal father Joseph was a royal descendant of David, and his mother Mary belonged to the Levi tribe, the only tribe that had been ordained to inherit the job of priest from generation to generation. Therefore Jesus belonged to an elite class which could meet with religious and political leaders. Yet he still seems to have worked at ranches, farms, breweries, and construction sites so as to provide help for his mother and younger siblings after the early death of his father Joseph.
Jesus inherited his religious knowledge from his mother. However his life experiences working at quarries, farms etc as a laborer appears to have been reflected in his preaching. Jesus got his faith such as "Man does not work for bread alone, but for every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Mat 4:4) and "the people who are entrusted with the word of God are gods."(John 10:35) from these experiences. And then he started to preach the gospel, "The Son of Man is the Son of God."
Paul's vocation theory
Paul said in a letter to the Christians in Rome, "Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well."(Romans 12:4-7)
Differences between a shepherd and an employee
Jesus also teaches us in the Gospel of John, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep." (John10:11-13)
Jesus told us about the two creeds of life, one for shepherds and another for employees. He did not say it was always good to be eaten by the wolf and to sacrifice oneself. In fact, until the day of the Passover when he decided to be crucified, Jesus always said, "My time has not come yet" and escaped from those who intended to kill him.
Whether the shepherd is a vocation for which a man should sacrifice his life, is dependent on the will of God. The authenticity of one’s faith is determined by whether he can ascertain the will of God. Jesus too, who had traveled back and forth between the valley where the late John the Baptist had been based for his mission and Lazarus' home outside Jerusalem more than one month before the Passover and prepared for his plan to be crucified, shed sweat and blood after the Last Supper, appealing to God, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me" (Mat26:39). Determining the will of God was so difficult even for Jesus.
Rinzai's true man who has no rank
Rinzai, the Zen monk of the Tang Dynasty, said, "A true man who has no rank but has complete integrity exists on the red meat ball and comes and goes from your face doors. One who has not testified yet, watch it now.”(Rinzai-roku) No rank means“to abide nowhere and completely free”. The face doors mean ears, nose, mouth and numerous pores, etc. Paul also said, "In fact, it says, 'The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.' And that message is the very message about faith that we preach." (Roma 10:8)
Rinzai continued to say, “Gentlemen, Buddhism has no knack, seeing things as they are, taking a leak and a crap, dressing, eating and lying tired. Idiots may laugh, the wise know it. As the ancients said, ‘One who devises outward is the sheer folly.’ The place where you stand, if you become the master, anywhere anytime becomes true. While the environment is changing rapidly, do not be preoccupied. If you can live this way, you can swim in the ocean of liberation." (Rinzai-roku)
The food-wheel and the Dharma both rolling
In its ultimate essence, every aspect of daily life from taking a leak and a crap to food, clothing and shelter is no different from practicing Buddhism or proclaiming the Word. Business is no exception. Simply rolling the wheel of food and profit taking is just insufficient. Only after turning the Dharma-wheel, can one obtain ultimate satisfaction and say "God is with us".(Mat 1:23) If one turns the Dharma-wheel, the food-wheel must turn too (Daitoroku), even though the cycles of the two wheels may not synchronize. While one may settle his account on a cycle of each year, month or day for turning his food-wheel, he must consider a longer cycle for the Dharma-wheel, for example one hundred years or one thousand years. (Ekoan Hensho：2010/01/04)
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)
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