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The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or ...

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

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

Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, ...

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

Life And Change
A peculiar phase of life is change which appears in the form ...

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

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

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

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

Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the To...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of p...

The Parable Of A Drunkard
Now the question arises, If all human beings are endowed with...

The Law Of Balance In Life
It is also the case with human affairs. Social positions hig...

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...

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

The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
An eminent Chinese Buddhist scholar, well known as Ten Dai Da...

The Fourth Patriarch And The Emperor Tai Tsung (tai-so)
The Third[FN#40] Patriarch was succeeded by Tao Sin (Do-shin)...

Decline Of Zen
The blooming prosperity of Zen was over towards the end of th...

Hinayanism And Its Doctrine
The doctrine of Transience was the first entrance gate of Hin...




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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