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The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
Breathing exercise is one of the practices of Yoga, and somew...

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

The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
Philosophical pessimists[FN#214] maintain that there are on e...

Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
[FN#107] Zen is not based on any particular sutra, either of...

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

True Dhyana
To sit in Meditation is not the only method of practising Zaz...

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

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

The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
Occidental minds believe in a mysterious entity under the nam...

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...

Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...

All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
We are to resume this problem in the following chapter. Suff...

An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
To get Enlightened we must next dispel an illusion respecting...

Buddha The Universal Life
Zen conceives Buddha as a Being, who moves, stirs, inspires, ...

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

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

Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enl...

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

Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...

Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life...




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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