The eccentric Bankei has lengthy been an underground hero on the earth of Zen. At a time while Zen was once turning into overly formalized in Japan, he under pressure its relevance to daily life, insisting at the value of naturalness and spontaneity.
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The guardian then asked him what difficulties his country faced. Chajang told the dragon that his country was surrounded by enemies on all sides and that incursions by foreigners were bringing hardships on the people, and he asked what he could do to benefit his country. The dragon informed him that the dharma-protecting dragon at Hwangnyong Monastery was his eldest son and instructed Chajang to build a nine-story pagoda at that monastery and, when the pagoda was complete, to perform an Assembly of the Eight Prohibitions.
Hankashiyui-zō), portrayed Maitreya’s waiting in Tuṣita. 3 Because many sūtras about Maitreya prophesy that he will descend from Tuṣita to inaugurate a peaceful Buddhist millennium after years of warfare and the decline of the Dharma (Ch. mofa, Kor. malbŏp), worship of Maitreya began to spread throughout Chinese society in the Northern dynasties because of the frequent warfare between the northern Chinese states that had been founded by the invasions of Turko-Mongol tribal peoples. The sūtras associated with the cult of Maitreya describe both devotional and meditative practices to be reborn in the presence of Maitreya.
Chajang told the dragon that his country was surrounded by enemies on all sides and that incursions by foreigners were bringing hardships on the people, and he asked what he could do to benefit his country. The dragon informed him that the dharma-protecting dragon at Hwangnyong Monastery was his eldest son and instructed Chajang to build a nine-story pagoda at that monastery and, when the pagoda was complete, to perform an Assembly of the Eight Prohibitions. When all this was accomplished, the dragon promised, Silla would prevail over its neighboring states, and the expansionist designs of Silla would be secured.
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