Monday, July 25, 2011

Study Hall - Shobogenzo

I read this fascicle a few days ago, but it is fit for the moment: "Taking refuge in the three treasures, you nurture yourself wherever you are, birth after birth, world after world...The power of taking refuge in the three treasures will never decay...
Initiate this vow aspiring for enlightenment, the fruit of buddhahood. Even though your body-mind is born and dies moment by moment, your dharma body surely grows and attains enlightenment.
'Taking refuge in' means returning and relying upon. 'Returning' is like children returning to their parents. 'Relying upon' is like citizens relying on the king. This phrase implies that you are liberated by doing so.
You take refuge in buddha because he is a great master. You take refuge in dharma because it is good medicine. You take refuge in sangha because it is an excellent friend" - 'Taking Refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha', 'Kie Bupposo'.

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