Samurai The Honest Poverty Of The Zen Monk And The Samurai
Secondly, the so-called honest poverty is a characteristic of...
The Buddha Of Mercy
Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt;
How To Worship Buddha
The author of Vimalakirtti-nirdeca-sutra well explains our at...
Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...
The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
There are, according to Zen, the four classes of religious an...
Zen After The Restoration
After the Restoration of the Mei-ji (1867) the popularity of ...
Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...
The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
Philosophical pessimists[FN#214] maintain that there are on e...
Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches
Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
No wonder, then, that the representatives of the Samurai clas...
Buddha-nature Is The Common Source Of Morals
Furthermore, Buddha-nature or real self, being the seat of lo...
Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...
Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga[FN#250] claims that various supernatural powers can be a...
There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...
An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
To get Enlightened we must next dispel an illusion respecting...
Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...
Hinayanism And Its Doctrine
The doctrine of Transience was the first entrance gate of Hin...
Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enl...
Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...
The Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...
Calmness Of Mind
The Yogi breathing above mentioned is fit rather for physical
exercise than for mental balance, and it will be beneficial if you
take that exercise before or after Meditation. Japanese masters
mostly bold it very important to push forward. The lowest part of
the abdomen during Zazen, and they are right so far as the present
writer's personal experiences go.
'If you feel your mind distracted, look at the tip of the nose; never
lose sight of it for some time, or look at your own palm, and let not
your mind go out of it, or gaze at one spot before you.' This will
greatly help you in restoring the equilibrium of your mind. Chwang
Tsz[FN#248] thought that calmness of mind is essential to sages, and
said: The stillness of the sages does not belong to them as a
consequence of their skilful ability; all things are not able to
disturb their minds; it is on this account that they are still. When
water is still, its clearness shows the beard and eyebrows (of him
who looks into it). It is a perfect level, and the greatest
artificer takes his rule from it. Such is the clearness of still
water, and how much greater is that of the human spirit? The still
mind of the sage is the mirror of heaven and earth, the glass of all
Forget all worldly concerns, expel all cares and anxieties, let go of
passions and desires, give up ideas and thoughts, set your mind at
liberty absolutely, and make it as clear as a burnished mirror. Thus
let flow your inexhaustible fountain of purity, let open your
inestimable treasure of virtue, bring forth your inner hidden nature
of goodness, disclose your innermost divine wisdom, and waken your
Enlightened Consciousness to see Universal Life within you. Zazen
enables the practiser, says Kei-zan,[FN#249] to open up his mind,
to see his own nature, to become conscious of mysteriously pure and
bright spirit, or eternal light within him.
[FN#248] Chwang Tsz, vol. v., p. 5.
Once become conscious of Divine Life within you, yon can see it in
your brethren, no matter how different they may be in circumstances,
in abilities, in characters, in nationalities, in language, in
religion, and in race. You can see it in animals, vegetables, and
minerals, no matter how diverse they may be in form, no matter how
wild and ferocious some may seem in nature, no matter how unfeeling
in heart some may seem, no matter how devoid of intelligence some may
appear, no matter how insignificant some may be, no matter how simple
in construction some may be, no matter how lifeless some may seem.
You can see that the whole universe is Enlightened and penetrated by
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