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Zen Is Not Nihilistic
Zen judged from ancient Zen masters' aphorisms may seem, at t...

Life And Change
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The Social State Of Japan When Zen Was Established By Ei-sai And Do-gen
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Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been complet...

The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
The confused or unenlightened may be compared with a monk and...

The Five Ranks Of Merit
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Man Is Neither Good-natured Nor Bad-natured According To Su Shih
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The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
[FN#75] This school was started by Tsing-Yuen (Sei-gen)...

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

Buddha Is Unnamable
Give a definite name to Deity, He would be no more than what ...

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

The Beatitude Of Zen
We are far from denying, as already shown in the foregoing ch...

Pessimistic View Of The Ancient Hindus
In addition to this, the new theory of matter has entirely ov...

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

Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...

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

Zen And Idealism
Next Zen makes use of Idealism as explained by the Dharmalaks...

Poetical Intuition And Zen
Since Universal Life or Spirit permeates the universe, the po...

Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He i...

The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
The belief in immortality is based on the strong instinct of ...




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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