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The Law Of Balance
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The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
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Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
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The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
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Zen And Idealism
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The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
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Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
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Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
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Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
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Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...

Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
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The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
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Decline Of Zen
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The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
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Life In The Concrete
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The Fourth Patriarch And The Emperor Tai Tsung (tai-so)
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The Beatitude Of Zen
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How To Worship Buddha
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Zen After The Downfall Of The Ho-jo Regency
Towards the end of the Ho-Jo period,[FN#90] and after the dow...

The Honest Poverty Of The Zen Monk And The Samurai
Secondly, the so-called honest poverty is a characteristic of...




Everything Is Living According To Zen








Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve itself, to
assert itself, to push itself forward, and to act on its environment,
consciously or unconsciously. The innate, strong tendency of the
living is an undeveloped, but fundamental, nature of Spirit or Mind.
It shows itself first in inert matter as impenetrability, or
affinity, or mechanical force. Rock has a powerful tendency to
preserve itself. And it is hard to crush it. Diamond has a robust
tendency to assert itself. And it permits nothing to destroy it.
Salt has the same strong tendency, for its particles act and react by
themselves, and never cease till its crystals are formed. Steam,
too, should have the same, because it pushes aside everything in its
way and goes where it will.

In the eye of simple folks of old, mountains, rivers, trees,
serpents, oxen, and eagles were equally full of life; hence the
deification of them. No doubt it is irrational to believe in nymphs,
fairies, elves, and the like, yet still we may say that mountains
stand of their own accord, rivers run as they will, just as we say
that trees and grass turn their leaves towards the sun of their own
accord. Neither is it a mere figure of speech to say that thunder
speaks and hills respond, nor to describe birds as singing and
flowers as smiling, nor to narrate winds as moaning and rain as
weeping, nor to state lovers as looking at the moon, the moon as
looking at them, when we observe spiritual element in activities of
all this. Haeckel says, not without reason: I cannot imagine the
simple chemical and physical forces without attributing the movement
of material particles to conscious sensation. The same author says
again: We may ascribe the feeling of pleasure and pain to all atoms,
and so explain the electric affinity in chemistry.






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