16/30 Gyoji

行持 上&下


[Pure] Conduct and Observance [of Precepts] – Parts 1 & 2

Gyo means deeds, actions, or conduct; and ji means observance of precepts. So gyoji means “Pure Conduct and Observance of Precepts.” In short, we can say that Buddhism is a religion of action. Gautama Buddha recognized the importance of action in our life, and he established an ultimate philosophy dependent on action. In sum, the solution to all problems relies upon the philosophy of action and therefore Master Dogen esteemed action highly. In this chapter he quoted many examples of pure conduct and observance of precepts by Buddhas and patriarchs. The contents of this chapter are thus very concrete, and encourage us in practicing our Buddhist life and observing the Buddhist precepts.