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The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
[FN#67] The Lin Tsi school was started by Nan Yoh, a pr...

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

The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...

How To Worship Buddha
The author of Vimalakirtti-nirdeca-sutra well explains our at...

The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...

Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches Bud...

The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests its...

The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Thirdly, both the Zen monk and the Samurai were distinguished...

The Mystery Of Life
Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in l...

Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
An epoch-making event took place in the Buddhist history of C...

The World Is In The Making
Our assertion is far from assuming that life is now complete,...

Calmness Of Mind
The Yogi breathing above mentioned is fit rather for physical...

Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...

Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
[FN#75] This school was started by Tsing-Yuen (Sei-gen)...

Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...

Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
Habit comes out of practice, and forms character by degrees, ...

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

Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
[FN#263] A famous Zenist, Mu-go-koku-shi, is said to ha...




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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