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The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
Let us point out in brief the similarities between Zen and Ja...

Zen After The Downfall Of The Ho-jo Regency
Towards the end of the Ho-Jo period,[FN#90] and after the dow...

Everything Is Living According To Zen
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Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He i...

The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
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Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
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Decline Of Zen
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Hinayanism And Its Doctrine
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Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...

Nature Favours Nothing In Particular
There is another point of view of life, which gave the presen...

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...

Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...

Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
An epoch-making event took place in the Buddhist history of C...

The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
The belief in immortality is based on the strong instinct of ...

Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms an...

Enlightened Consciousness
In addition to these considerations, which mainly depend on i...

Enlightenment Implies An Insight Into The Nature Of Self
We cannot pass over, however, this weighty problem without sa...

Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been complet...

Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...




Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind








Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for its
possessor, not a relative knowledge of things as his intellect does,
but the profoundest insight in reference to universal brotherhood of
all beings, and enables him to understand the absolute holiness of
their nature, and the highest goal for which all of them are making.
Enlightened Consciousness once awakened within us serves as a guiding
principle, and leads us to hope, bliss, and life; consequently, it is
called the Master[FN#154] of both mind and body. Sometimes it is
called the Original[FN#155] Mind, as it is the mind of minds. It is
Buddha dwelling in individuals. You might call it God in man, if you
like. The following dialogues all point to this single idea:

On one occasion a butcher, who was used to kill one thousand sheep a
day, came to Gotama, and, throwing down his butcher-knife, said I am
one of the thousand Buddhas. Yes, really, replied Gotama. A
monk, Hwui Chao (E-cha) by name, asked Pao Yen (Ho-gen): What is
Buddha? You are Hwui Chao, replied the master. The same question
was put to Sheu Shan (Shu-zan), Chi Man (Chi-mon), and Teu Tsz
(To-shi), the first of whom answered: A bride mounts on a donkey and
her mother-in-law drives it; and the second: He goes barefooted,
his sandals being worn out; while the third rose from his chair and
stood still without saying a word. Chwen Hih (Fu-kiu) explains this
point in unequivocal terms: Night after night I sleep with Buddha,
and every morning I get up with Him. He accompanies me wherever I
go. When I stand or sit, when I speak or be mute, when I am out or
in, He never leaves me, even as a shadow accompanies body. Would you
know where He is? Listen to that voice and word.[FN#156]


[FN#154] It is often called the Lord or Master of mind.

[FN#155] Another name for Buddha is the Original Mind
(Kechi-myaku-ron).

[FN#156] For such dialogues, see Sho-yo-roku, Mu-mon-kan,
Heki-gan-shu. Fu-kiu's words are repeatedly quoted by Zen masters.






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