Samurai Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...
There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...
The World Is In The Making
Our assertion is far from assuming that life is now complete,...
The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or
Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
How, then, did philosophers come to consider reality to be un...
Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
An epoch-making event took place in the Buddhist history of C...
The Social State Of Japan When Zen Was Established By Ei-sai And Do-gen
Now we have to observe the condition of the country when Zen ...
Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches
Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...
Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...
Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
No sooner had Bodhidharma landed at Kwang Cheu in Southern Ch...
The Parable Of The Robber Kih
Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the followi...
In addition to these considerations, which mainly depend on i...
Sutras Used By Zen Masters
Ten Dai failed to explain away the discrepancies and contradi...
The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...
Epicureanism And Life
There are a good many people always buoyant in spirit and mir...
The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
There are, according to Zen, the four classes of religious an...
Life In The Concrete
Life in the concrete, which we are living, greatly differs fr...
Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...
The Progress And Hope Of Life
How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life...
Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life. It is
simply this, that everything is placed in the condition best for
itself, as it is the sum total of the consequences of its actions and
reactions since the dawn of time. Take, for instance, the minutest
grains of dirt that are regarded by us the worst, lifeless,
valueless, mindless, inert matter. They are placed in their best
condition, no matter how poor and worthless they may seem. They can
never become a thing higher nor lower than they. To be the grains of
dirt is best for them. But for these minute microcosms, which,
flying in the air, reflect the sunbeams, we could have no azure sky.
It is they that scatter the sun's rays in mid-air and send them into
our rooms. It is also these grains of dirt that form the nuclei of
raindrops and bring seasonable rain. Thus they are not things
worthless and good for nothing, but have a hidden import and purpose
in their existence. Had they mind to think, heart to feel, they
should be contented and happy with their present condition.
Take, for another example, the flowers of the morning glory. They
bloom and smile every morning, fade and die in a few hours. How
fleeting and ephemeral their lives are! But it is that short life
itself that makes them frail, delicate, and lovely. They come forth
all at once as bright and beautiful as a rainbow or as the Northern
light, and disappear like dreams. This is the best condition for
them, because, if they last for days together, the morning glory
shall no longer be the morning glory. It is so with the cherry-tree
that puts forth the loveliest flowers and bears bitter fruits. It is
so with the apple-tree, which bears the sweetest of fruits and has
ugly blossoms. It is so with animals and men. Each of them is
placed in the condition best for his appointed mission.
The newly-born baby sucks, sleeps, and cries. It can do no more nor
less. Is it not best for it to do so? When it attained to its
boyhood, he goes to school and is admitted to the first-year class.
He cannot be put in a higher nor lower class. It is best for him to
be the first-year class student. When his school education is over,
he may get a position in society according to his abilities, or may
lead a miserable life owing to his failure of some sort or other. In
any case he is in a position best for his special mission ordained by
Providence or the Hum-total of the fruits of his actions and
reactions since all eternity. He should be contented and happy, and
do what is right with might and main. Discontent and vexation only
make him more worthy of his ruin Therefore our positions, no matter,
how high or low, no matter how favourable or unfavourable our
environment, we are to be cheerful. Do thy best and leave the rest
to Providence, says a Chinese adage. Longfellow also says:
Do thy best; that is best.
Leave unto thy Lord the rest.
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