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Daily Rules


Daily Rules  (read by the Jikijitsu at the beginning of Osesshin)       

1. Doing sanzen is of the utmost importance in following the way. At any time sanzen may be requested. Always inform the Jikijitsu and/or Jisha of your comings and going.

2. Enter the Zendo with Gassho, when leaving the hands should be in Shasshu. When moving in the Zendo observe the set rules. Do not pass back and forth in front of the alstar of Monju-Bosatsu and do not walk near the Tan in a way that will distrub people's meditation.

3. There should be no coming and going during a period of Zazen except for the times of sanzen. Going to the toilet is only to be done in the intervals between Zazen. Refrain from unnecessary coming in and out and no speaking unless necessary.

4. There will be no absence from Kinhin, dragging of Zori and detaining of the walking. If Kinhin is impossible due to injury or illness, report it to the Jikijistu and stand in front of your Tan during Kinhin.

5. The Keysaku is to be used without fail when someone is sleeping, but also if they are not sitting correctly even if they are awake. When recieveing the keysaku, Gassho and do teito. To raise even one egoistic thought from the person with the Keysaku or to have thoughts of anger from the person receiving the Keysaku is forbidden.

6. The two daily sareis may not be refused. Food remaining from the sareis must never be thrown away.

7. To make your tanbuton, tatami or desk untidy is forbidden, nor may writing materials be kept out. Never crumble up your zazen clothes on your tanbuton and leaving through the back door in an improperly dressed condition is forbidden.

8. Even at times of unsupervised sitting it is forbidden to purposely sit sleepily or to sit leaning against the wall. Even if your back and shoulders become tired from sitting it is forbidden to use the Keysaku personally.

9. Going into town or unnecessarily spending time in the administrative quarters is forbidden. If there is some unavoidable business, report first to the Jikijitsu or Jisha. Going into town is only permitted on free days.

10. During morning and evening sutras the keysaku may be used one hit on the right shoulder to those who are continually sleeping.

11. After Kaichin Yaza should be begun quickly with no unnecessary turning on of lights or wandering around visiting. This is not a time for doing anything but Yaza. Do not read the sutras or do prostrations out of unison, and there is to be no whispering at these times.

12. No traveling to far places is permitted during the time of training except to a paernt or parent priest funeral.

13. when a new arrival enters the Zendo he will do his prostartions before Monju-Bosatsu, then go and do gassho and bows to the head of the Tan and the head monk. After that the new arrival goes to the jishas plae and waits, following the jishas announcemnet of the new arrival he goes to the place assigned him.

14. During Takuhatsu don't let your hands dangle or warm them inside your koromo. Also forbidden is dragging of zoris, talking among each other and interrupting those who intend to give offerings to monks of good deportment. If you meet traffic on the way, allow it to go by following the traffic rules for stopping and going without forgetting monk like behavior at any time.

15. If you become sick, tell the head mona dn Jisha. Leav ethe zendo and retire to the sick room until you recover. While in the sick room, no reading writing, telling jokes or extraneous business is allowed. 3 Days are given for recovery after which the entry to the zendo must be made once again as a new arrival, with prostrations to Monju Bosattsu and bows to the head of the Tan and head monk, and announcement by the Jisha.

16. Keep these rules in complete detail. If there is any person who does not observe them will be considere and obstruction to the Zendo and will be interrupting the other's purifying training. A meeting should be held immediately to decide what to do about him. Therefore it is for the everlasting preservation of this monastery's training that these rules be continued and valued accordingly.

Daily Rules (read by the Jisharyo before Osesshin)

1. Sanzen is the matter of utmost urgency in our practice. Yaza practice should be observed the same as in the Zendo. It is said from ancient times that the state of mind of Zazen in action brings us more that 10.000 times that of sitting Zazen. Even when we feel tired and have difficulty concentrating, we should continue with this in mind.

2. Above everything else take extremely good care of all fire.

3. Never be late to any of the sangha´s activities. Zazen, morning and evening sutras, samu and other group ceremonies. If you are busy and can´t be on time for meals, always eat without fail at the second sitting. Noisy jihatsu use, noisy soup eating and loud pickle crunching are not allowed. The tenzo´s actions should be careful and considered without unnecessary activities.

4. Takuhatsu and samu should be done as a group and in unison. When there is some reason why participation is impossible, the Roshi should be told.

5. No coming and going into other´s rooms is permitted, nor is unnecessary conversation of things other than the training schedule. Don´t interrupt other´s Zazen in action. Each person's room is an extention of the Zendo. If you have to discuss something return as soon as the business is finished without spending unnecessary time.

6. Going to town is generally forbidden. If there is some unavoidable reason tell the Roshi when you leave and return. Activity, which is not appropriate is careless and distracts from or is absent of concentration should not be displayed in public. Wherever you go your deportment should be the same as that during practice in the temple.

7. After Kaichin go directly and quickly to your room and get ready for yaza. Don´t linger or put on lights for no special reason. No other work or conversation should go on at this time. Always keep your futon and clothes clean and tidy.

8. Tools of the administration area, kitchen and samu, all tools of Sogenji including buildings and tatamis should be treated with great care and after every use returned to their original place. People of old taught us that tools and other things of the group should be protected as our own eyes.

9. Footwear should never be left untidy. Always line up shoes like departing ships, sop that they can be put on and moved in immediately. Don´t walk around noisily inside or outside.

10. Please pay attention to each of these details, carefully and sincerely observing your own activity and behaviour. Doing this we can understand each other´s minds compassionately and develop our practice in the great way.

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