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The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
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The Sermon Of The Inanimate
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The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
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The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
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No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
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Life And Change
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Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
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The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
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Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
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Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
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The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
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Wang Yang Ming (o-yo-mei) And A Thief
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Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
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Decline Of Zen
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Great Men And Nature
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The Fourth Patriarch And The Emperor Tai Tsung (tai-so)
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Man Is Neither Good-natured Nor Bad-natured According To Su Shih
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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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