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Gosho Quote for February 2017

 

Questions and Answers Between a Sage and a Foolish Man

(Shōgu mondō-shō)

 

As for the periods [of propagation], there are the Former, Middle, and Latter Days of the Law. As for the Law, there are both Mahayana and Hinayana teachings. As for the practices, there are shōju and shakubuku. If one carries out shakubuku during the period when shōju should be practiced, this will be inappropriate. On the other hand, if one performs the practice of shōju during the era when shakubuku must be used, this will be an offense. Thus, it is of foremost importance to know first whether the present time is for shōju or shakubuku.

 (Gosho, p. 402)