Manual of Zen Buddhism by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

By Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

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The creations or becomings of the antecedent causes eon1 In Buddhism religion is understood as the practical application of the philosophical doctrine, making no reference to such ideas as God, creation and final judgment. ESSENTIALS OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY 24 r tinue in time-series—past, present and future—like a chain. This chain is divided into twelve divisions and is called the Twelve Divisioned Cycle of Causations and Becomings. Since these divisions are interdependent, the process is called Dependent Production or Chain of Causation.

Or thereabouts saw the conclusion of the Buddha's activity as a teacher in India. ' When a fire is blown out, nothing remains to be seen. So the Buddha was considered to have entered into an invisible state which can in no wTay be depicted in word or in form. ' What I have taught, the Dharma (ideal) with the vinaya (disciplinary) rules, will be your teacher after 30 See section I (d). FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY 45 my departure. ” In spite of these thoughtful instructions some of his dis­ ciples were expressing a dissenting idea even before his funeral.

This is the fifth stage called Perception, repre­ senting the growth-scale of a child three to five years old. Here the individuality of the living b£ing is definitely reeognized ; in other words, th^ status of the present life has been formed. The above five stages are called the Five Effects of the Past appearing in the Present. In those stages the individual is formed, but the individual is not entirely responsible for its own formation because the causes of the past have effectuated the development of these stages.

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