Life and teachings of Bankei Yotaku, , Japan’s widely acclaimed and deeply enlightened Zen Master whose teachings on awakening to Buddha Nature. The eccentric Bankei has long been an underground hero in the world of Zen. At a time when Zen was becoming overly formalized in Japan, he stressed its. Bankei became a Zen man of the people. He spoke to crowds of ordinary country folk and as Zen students. With his simple and direct language, he impressed.

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Let Buddhism and Confucianism return to the Source, and all differences cease to exist.

We are always already none other than the One that is also Many; our real Nature is the undefined, unstructured, infinite Openness-Emptiness Skt.: Give your ear to me, and forget as so much rubbish all your preconceptions.

Later in life he reminisced: At all times he abides continually in the Bankel Mind….

Bankei Yōtaku

He had three older brothers and four sisters. But if you hoe in anger, your anger is an evil work… and your work is toilsome and painful. Also if while hoeing in the field you speak with the people and hoe at the same time, then you hoe while speaking and you speak while hoeing.

Remember that all you see and hear is reflected in the Buddha-mind and influenced by what was previously seen and heard.

His main advice, given to everyone from rich aristocrats and menacing samurai to merchants, peasant farmers and children, was quite frequently and simply expressed as: You fill the vast universe to its very limits. Bankei left shortly after his return and built a small hut nearby and lived as a hermit. He sought the care of a doctor who gave the prognosis of death.

To appreciate the pricelessness of the Buddha-mind and to steer clear of illusion, is the one path to satori and Buddhahood. To say you were born a hothead is to tax your parents with something that is no fault of theirs.

To attain the truth today all one needs is self-criticism. Perhaps when a child he happened to have a sinful idea, acted upon it, and let the habit develop of itself.

He functions with perfect freedom in accordance with circumstances, letting things take their way. If you perform your chores with all your might, you are practicing the Unborn Buddha-heart. By age 13 Bankei was studying with the priest at the family temple, and the next year a nearby family friend, Nakabori Sukeyasu, constructed for Bankei a small hut on the mountain behind the Nakabori home.

SuzukiBankei, together with Dogen and Hakuinis one of the most important Japanese Zen masters and his Bankeu Zen is one of the most original developments in the entire history of Zen thought.

5 Quotes And 2 Poems By Zen Master Bankei – DAILY ZEN

It is likely that Bankei began practicing Shin Buddhism during this time. A man secure in this state need not bother himself with such things: This breakthrough bakei Bankei’s doubts and questioning. When you have fully settled in the immaculate Buddha-mind of nonbirth, nothing will deceive you…. It is zazen perpetually, and not merely during the time of baknei [formal meditation] practice called zazen.

Bankei began to be filled with doubts and questions, and took to grilling every teacher he could find on their knowledge. At this time Umpo informs him that the answer which he seeks can only be found within, not through an intermediary. If your normal walking and standing, your sitting and reclining are the work of a living Buddha, nothing further remains bnkei be done.

It is the seeing into the true nature of existence[8] the seeing that “all objects are zzen self-substance”. For one who at all times conclusively realizes the Buddha Mind, when he goes to bed, he goes to bed with the Buddha Mind; when he gets up, he gets up with the Buddha Mind; when he stays, he stays with the Buddha Mind; when he goes, he goes with the Buddha Mind; when he sits… stands… speaks… is bwnkei eats rice… drinks tea… puts on clothes etc.

They were frightened and must have thought me a heretic, as bad as a Roman Catholic.

He also distinguished between a basic enlightenment or satori and a complete, thorough, banki enlightenment, a flawless realization of Buddha-Mind or wholly Awake Awareness. Dosha confirmed this the next day, stating Bankei had finally settled the Great Matter.

At this time, Bankei was young and full of questions and the Confucian classics he was being taught confused him greatly.

A View of Bankei

He would sit sen hours practicing zazen. The birthless Buddha-mind can cut any and every knot. They would make of it a lump of doubt. If one of you thinks himself astray, let him come forward bqnkei show me in what way.

Bankei was initially offended by this and refused to accept it. I tell you, no one is born to sin. A mass of black phlegm large as a soapberry rolled down the side