This expresses the principle of the oneness of mentor and disciple. It is the action of “initiating” that is important. “Initiating” implies not being passive, but actively standing up to take action. Ultimately, everything depends on the awareness and determination of the disciple.
As a matter of fact, in the “Encouraging De-votion” (13th) chapter of the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni urges the bodhisattvas to make a vow pledging to roar the same lion’s roar as him.
While we speak of disciples in this Buddhism, there is no formal initiation process to become one. It is those actually giving voice to the lion’s roar and striving for kosen-rufu right now who are disciples. In contrast, a person who dons the mask of a disciple but fails to roar the lion’s roar is not a true disciple. The important thing is action.
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