Suzuki Shosan (1579 –1655)
One day the Master said to the assembly: “Nowadays, methods of applying the Buddhist practice are very poor. As a result, everyone says that Buddhism is of no use in the secular world. This is not so. The main point of what I refer to as ‘Society’s Three Jewels’ is Buddhism’s usefulness to society. Were it not, I would be wrong to call it that. In order to make people aware of its meritorious function, I wrote the Meritorious Use of the Three Holy Treasures.
In connection with this, the Master said: “Buddhist practice means subjugation of the six rebellious delusions. This cannot be done with a weak mind. With a firm Dharma-kaya mind, you send forth the soldier of pure faith. And with the sword of the original void, you sever delusions, self-attachment, and greed, wholeheartedly making advances throughout the day.