chapter  3
16 Pages

GYÔKI AND THE SÔNIRYÔ

Violations of early monastic regulations in Japan

These days the small-minded monk, Gyôki, and his band of followers gather in the streets and falsely teach that there is profit in crime. They conspire and form cliques, strip the skin off their fingers and elbows to burn, go from door to door instructing laypeople and force them to make donations. They also falsely claim to be enlightened, and thus deceive the masses. Both monks and laypeople have become confused and abandon their work. People actively disregard the Buddha’s teachings and violate secular laws.