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The eccentric Bankei has lengthy been an underground hero on the planet of Zen. At a time whilst Zen was once turning into overly formalized in Japan, he under pressure its relevance to lifestyle, insisting at the significance of naturalness and spontaneity.

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Y drifted away to form a body or sect of their own. It is tacit ly assumed in the D ipavamsa that a seceding group ought to have an licariya or leader. 5 Later, we know for certain that some of the Buddhist sects owe their names to individual teachers of different times. 6 It is difficu lt, therefore, to hold that iicariyavlida excl usively denoted school as being something other than sect. A N ikiiya is a group of persons holding the same beliefs and regulations. It is also a col lection of objects like the simas which is called N ikiiya.

The Council ofVaisiili appears to have deliberated solely onthe Vinaya confrontation, which, instead of being reconciled, proved to be the background of the first schism in Buddhism. Even later, if we analyze the minute details of the disciplinary code prescribed by the various sects, we find that there was a considerable amount of difference. For example, I-tsingrefers to the differences of dress among the schools. l6I Although we have no direct evidence-- Kathii~'atthu 25- about the interchange of thought between the Buddhi sts and the non-Buddhists at thi s early age, some cantac!

ChiJndogya Uponilad, V. IO. 2; VIII. 1 ; Brhaddra(l)'aka Upanilod, 1. 5. 16. 71. C. Pande, Studies in the Origins 01 Buddhism, pp. 286·7; C r. Brlraddrollyaka Upolli,ad. III. 2. Iff; I V. 1-5. 72. 3-4; 111 ,4. 73 . Kena Upanifad, I. 1. 74 . 4. 75. BrlltlddrO(lyoko Upani/ad, It. I. Iff. ~atl"u 3l 76. Kalha Upanifad. I. 2. Iff. 77. ChiJndogya Upanilad, II. 23. I. 78. 6ff; [I. 2; Ill. Sff. 79. Katha Upanifad,. 2. 12-15 . 80. ,f~elli~~atara Upanifad. 8, 14-17; III. I, 10,11 ; IV. I. II e iC. 81. BrhadiJra(l),ka Upanifad, 1lI.

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