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The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
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Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
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True Dhyana
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Decline Of Zen
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Life In The Concrete
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The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
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How To Worship Buddha
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Zen In The Dark Age
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The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
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The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
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Real Self
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The Betterment Of Life
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Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
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Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
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Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight








Enlightened Consciousness is not a bare intellectual insight, for it
is full of beautiful emotions. It loves, caresses, embraces, and at
the same time esteems all beings, being ever merciful to them. It
has no enemies to conquer, no evil to fight with, but constantly
finds friends to help, good to promote. Its warm heart beats in
harmony with those of all fellow beings. The author of
Brahmajala-sutra fully expresses this idea as he says: All women are
our mothers; all men our fathers; all earth and water our bodies in
the past existences; all fire and air our essence.

Thus relying on our inner experience, which is the only direct way of
knowing Buddha, we conceive Him as a Being with profound wisdom and
boundless mercy, who loves all beings as His children, whom He is
fostering, bringing up, guiding, and teaching. These three worlds
are His, and all beings living in them are His children.[FN#157]
The Blessed One is the mother of all sentient beings, and gives them
all the milk of mercy.[FN#158] Some people named Him Absolute, as
He is all light, all hope, all mercy, and all wisdom; some, Heaven,
as He is high and enlightened; some, God, as He is sacred and
mysterious; some, Truth, as He is true to Himself; some, Buddha, as
He is free from illusion; some, Creator, as He is the creative force
immanent in the universe; some, Path, as He is the Way we must
follow; some, Unknowable, as He is beyond relative knowledge; some,
Self, as He is the Self of individual selves. All these names are
applied to one Being, whom we designate by the name of Universal Life
or Spirit.


[FN#157] Saddharma-pundarika-sutra.

[FN#158] Mahaparinirvana-sutra.






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