Samurai Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, se...
An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
To get Enlightened we must next dispel an illusion respecting...
Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...
Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...
Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...
The Progress And Hope Of Life
How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life...
Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...
The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
[FN#67] The Lin Tsi school was started by Nan Yoh, a pr...
Universal Life Is Universal Spirit
These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal ...
Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...
Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
Habit comes out of practice, and forms character by degrees, ...
Great Men And Nature
All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religio...
Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
An epoch-making event took place in the Buddhist history of C...
Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the To...
Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...
The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
Occidental minds believe in a mysterious entity under the nam...
The Mystery Of Life
Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in l...
The Betterment Of Life
Again, people nowadays seem to feel keenly the wound of the
The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
The belief in immortality is based on the strong instinct of
The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
An eminent Chinese Buddhist scholar, well known as Ten Dai Da...
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
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