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

There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
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The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
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How To Worship Buddha
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Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
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The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
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Life Consists In Conflict
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The Spiritual Attainment Of The Sixth Patriarch
Some time before his death (in 675 A.D.) the Fifth Patriarch ...

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

Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
Now let us examine where illusion lies hidden from the view o...

An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
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The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
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Everything Is Living According To Zen
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The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
[FN#275] The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a...

The Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
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Zen And Idealism
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Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law[fn#31]
[FN#31] For details, see Chwen Tang Luh and Den Ka Roku, b...

The Third Step In The Mental Training
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Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer








The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enlightened
Consciousness, but men still dream a dream of illusion. Bells and
clocks of the Universal Church proclaim the dawn of Bodhi, yet men,
drunk with the liquors of the Three Poisons[FN#176] Still slumber in
the darkness of sin. Let us pray to Buddha, in whose bosom we live,
for the sake of our own salvation. Let us invoke Buddha, whose
boundless mercy ever besets us, for the Sake of joy and peace of all
our fellow-beings. Let us adore Him through our sympathy towards the
poor, through our kindness shown to the suffering, through our
thought of the sublime and the good.

O brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother;
Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there;
To worship rightly is to love each other,
Each smile a hymn, each kindly word a prayer.
--Whittier.

Let, then, your heart be so pure that you may not be unworthy of the
sunshine beaming upon you the light of Universal Spirit. Let your
thought be so noble that you may deserve fair flowers blooming before
you, reminding you of merciful Buddha. Let your life be so good that
you may not be ashamed of yourself in the presence of the Blessed
One. This is the piety of Mahayanists, especially of Zenists.


[FN#176] Lust, anger, and folly.






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