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The Second And The Third Patriarchs
After the death of the First Patriarch, in A.D. 528, Hwui Ko ...

The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or ...

Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...

Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...

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

The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
Some time after this the Sixth Patriarch settled himself down...

Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life...

Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, ...

The Spiritual Attainment Of The Sixth Patriarch
Some time before his death (in 675 A.D.) the Fifth Patriarch ...

Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
No sooner had Bodhidharma landed at Kwang Cheu in Southern Ch...

The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
Occidental minds believe in a mysterious entity under the nam...

Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...

Life And Change
Transformation and change are the essential features of life;...

Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enl...

The Law Of Balance In Life
It is also the case with human affairs. Social positions hig...

The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
There are, according to Zen, the four classes of religious an...

Wang Yang Ming (o-yo-mei) And A Thief
One evening when Wang was giving a lecture to a number of stu...

The Application Of The Law Of Causation To Morals
Although it may be needless to state here the law of causatio...

Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...

The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
[FN#275] The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a...




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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