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The Application Of The Law Of Causation To Morals
Although it may be needless to state here the law of causatio...

The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...

Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...

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

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

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

Man Is Bad-natured According To Siun Tsz
The weaknesses of Mencius's theory are fully exposed by anot...

Nature Favours Nothing In Particular
There is another point of view of life, which gave the presen...

Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
No wonder, then, that the representatives of the Samurai clas...

Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law[fn#31]
[FN#31] For details, see Chwen Tang Luh and Den Ka Roku, b...

The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supr...

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

How To Worship Buddha
The author of Vimalakirtti-nirdeca-sutra well explains our at...

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

The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
Let us point out in brief the similarities between Zen and Ja...

Life And Change
Transformation and change are the essential features of life;...

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

A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The holy writ that Zen masters admire is not one of parchment...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...

Great Men And Nature

All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religious men
or philosophers, are not mere readers of books, but the perusers of
Nature. Men of erudition are often lexicons in flesh and blood, but
men of genius read between the lines in the pages of life. Kant, a
man of no great erudition, could accomplish in the theory of
knowledge what Copernicus did in astronomy. Newton found the law of
gravitation not in a written page, but in a falling apple.
Unlettered Jesus realized truth beyond the comprehension of many
learned doctors. Charles Darwin, whose theory changed the whole
current of the world's thought, was not a great reader of books, but
a careful observer of facts. Shakespeare, the greatest of poets, was
the greatest reader of Nature and life. He could hear the music even
of heavenly bodies, and said:

There's not the smallest orb which thou beholdest,
But in his motion like an angel sings.

Chwang Tsz (So-shi), the greatest of Chinese philosophers, says:
Thou knowest the music of men, but not the music of the earth. Thou
knowest the music of the earth, but not the music of the
heaven.[FN#132] Goethe, perceiving a profound meaning in Nature,
says: Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of Nature with which
she indicates how much she loves us.

[FN#132] Chwang Tsz, vol. i., p. 10.

Son-toku[FN#133] (Ninomiya), a great economist, who, overcoming all
difficulties and hardships by which he was beset from his childhood,
educated himself, says: The earth and the heaven utter no word, but
they ceaselessly repeat the holy book unwritten.

[FN#133] One of the greatest self-made men in Japan, who lived

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