By Bruce Chilton
When they arrived on the position which God had indicated to him, Abraham built
an altar there, and organized the wooden. Then he sure his son and positioned him on
the altar on best of the wooden. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the
knife to kill his son . . .” —The e-book of Genesis
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Rokudō, the six pāramitās, are giving (dāna), keeping the precepts (śīla), patience (kṣānti), diligence (vīrya), the practice of meditation (dhyāna), and real wisdom (prajñā). The Sanskrit dhyāna was rendered into Chinese and Japanese as chan or zen. 66 Ichidaiji appears in the Lotus Sutra. 88–90 and Chapter Seventeen, Hokketen-hokke. 67 The Songshan Mountains consist of two main peaks, Taishitsu to the east, and Shōshitsu to the west. These mountains contained many Buddhist temples; Shaolin Temple was on Shōshitsu Peak.
33 Buppō, “Buddha-Dharma,” or “Buddhist method,” in this case means zazen itself. 34 Sangō, the three kinds of conduct or behavior; that is, behavior of body, speech, and mind. , “three courses,” or the three miserable states or worlds, are hell, the world of hungry ghosts (pretas), and the world of animals. , “six ways” or the six human states, are the three miserable worlds plus the worlds of demons (asuras), human beings, and gods (devas). See Glossary of Sanskrit Terms. 36 Dai-gedatsu-chi. Dai means great.
72 Master Daikan Enō. See note 25. 73 Master Tendō Nyojō. 74 Master Nangaku Ejō. The conversation between Master Daikan Enō and Master Nangaku Ejō is recorded in Shinji-shōbōgenzō, pt. 2, no. 1. See also Chapter Seven, Senjō; Chapter Twenty-nine (Vol. II), Inmo; and Chapter Sixty-two (Vol. III), Hensan. 27 Shōbōgenzō Volume I 75 Keitokudentōroku, chapter 5, in the section on Master Honjō. , “life and death” or “living-and-dying,” is the title of Chapter Ninety-two (Vol. IV). 77 Shōmetsu. ” 79 The Avataṃsaka-sūtra (Jp.