Huseng wrote:I've never met a priest from a Japanese sect who was completely vegetarian, sober, celibate and refrained from wearing lay clothes.
Vegetarian: many people aren't completely vegetarian
sober, celibate: these are priests not monks. Are there any monks
refrained from wearing lay clothes: well this thing of seeing robes as a kind of work suit is disturbing.
It certainly sounds like the vinaya is not being upheld in Japan and one hopes for improvement.
At least they aren't killing or stealing and I hope they are refraining from harsh speech.
Is there a tradition of taking the eight vows for one day and holding them purely?
My experience is mostly with Soto Zen, but then I've also never heard of anyone alive today matching the above criteria from another sect either (okay, Eijo is the one exception! ).
No Shingon, Tendai, or Obaku monks upholding the vinaya?
This all comes from the Imperial Buddhism of the late Meiji and militarist period?