27 January 2014

Contemplation: To Help Sentient Beings

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your object of contemplation:
Those who are engaged in studying within the Shuryogon'in should not  be motivated by the prospect of fame or profit from the secular world, but should do so to help sentient beings, to benefit the nation, to encourage Buddhism, and to realize enlightenment.
from Ennin's "Rules for the Shuryogon'in", published in Paul Groner, Ryogen, p. 308

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