In this section of Bendowa, Master Dogen recounts the tale of Zen Buddhism's coming from India to China ...
of the story, we now know, is fictional ... centered on historical
characters who (if they lived at all) are composites of real persons
remade via the creative imaginations of later writers.
that does not matter is the least, not one bit. Because, in Master
Dogen's view ... merely by sitting a moment of Zazen, all the Lineage
is made real, present with us, and all the Buddhas and Ancestors are
sitting as we sit ... are no other than the sitting.
Buddha Sakyamuni transmitted
the right law to Mahakasyapa on GrdhrakutaMountain, and a long line
of patriarchs handed it down to Bodhidharma. And Bodhidharma went to China and
transmitted the right law to Hui-k'o (Eka).
This started the transmission
of Zen Buddhism to the East. Transmitted thus in its essential purity, it came
down by a natural route to the Sixth Patriarch, Hui-neng. At this time true
Buddhism was transmitted to China,
and it expressed a meaning free from [conceptual distinctions]. The Sixth Patriarch had two
outstanding disciples- Nan-yueh Huai-jang and Ch'ing-yuan Hsing-ssu. Together
they transmitted the Buddha seal; they were [guiding teachers for all beings]. These
two schools spread, and five styles of Zen appeared. They were the schools of
Fa-yen, Wei-yang, Ts'ao-tung (Soto), Yun-men, and Lin-chi (Rinzai). In present-day China only the
Lin-chi (Rinzai) school is flourishing. Although the five schools differ, they
are all based on the single seal of the Buddha Mind.
From:Bendowa - A Soto Approach to Zen - Reiho Masunaga [with slight changes following Uchiyama]
(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)
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