Xlf.ca Home Samurai Code of Honor Courage Samuri Religion - History of Buddism

Samurai

Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
In the foregoing chapters we have had several occasions to re...

The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supr...

Zen And Idealism
Next Zen makes use of Idealism as explained by the Dharmalaks...

Where Then Does The Error Lie?
Where, then, does the error lie in the four possible proposit...

The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,...

Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
[FN#107] Zen is not based on any particular sutra, either of...

Zen After The Restoration
After the Restoration of the Mei-ji (1867) the popularity of ...

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

Sutras Used By Zen Masters
Ten Dai failed to explain away the discrepancies and contradi...

Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
How, then, did philosophers come to consider reality to be un...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of p...

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

The Beatitude Of Zen
We are far from denying, as already shown in the foregoing ch...

No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
Some Occidental scholars erroneously identify Buddhism with t...

Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...

Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
On the following morning the news of what had happened during...

The Parable Of A Drunkard
Now the question arises, If all human beings are endowed with...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...

Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
Enlightened Consciousness is not a bare intellectual insight,...

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






Next: Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight

Previous: Enlightened Consciousness



Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
ADD TO EBOOK


Viewed 3231