Code of Honor
Samuri Religion - History of Buddism
Decline Of Zen
The blooming prosperity of Zen was over towards the end of th...
No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
Some Occidental scholars erroneously identify Buddhism with t...
Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the To...
The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
This theory of Buddha-nature enables us to get an insight int...
Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches Bud...
Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...
Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms an...
Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...
Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...
How To Worship Buddha
The author of Vimalakirtti-nirdeca-sutra well explains our at...
Life Consists In Conflict
Life consists in conflict. So long as man remains a social a...
Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
[FN#107] Zen is not based on any particular sutra, either of...
Zen Is Not Nihilistic
Zen judged from ancient Zen masters' aphorisms may seem, at t...
The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...
The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
Let us point out in brief the similarities between Zen and Ja...
Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga[FN#250] claims that various supernatural powers can be a...
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 Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...
A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The holy writ that Zen masters admire is not one of parchment...
The Courage And The Composure Of Mind Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Fourthly, our Samurai encountered death, as is well known, wi...
Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, seem to
have taken so keen an interest in the study of human nature that they
proposed all the possible opinions respecting the subject in
question-namely, (1) man is good-natured; (2) man is bad-natured; (3)
man is good-natured and bad-natured as well; (4) man is neither
good-natured nor bad-natured. The first of these opinions was
proposed by a most reputed Confucianist scholar, Mencius, and his
followers, and is still adhered to by the majority of the Japanese
and the Chinese Confucianists. Mencius thought it as natural for man
to do good as it is for the grass to be green. 'Suppose a person has
happened,' he would say, 'to find a child on the point of tumbling
down into a deep well. He would rescue it even at the risk of his
life, no matter how morally degenerated he might be. He would have
no time to consider that his act might bring him some reward from its
parents, or a good reputation among his friends and fellow-citizens.
He would do it barely out of his inborn good-nature.' After
enumerating some instances similar to this one, Mencius concludes
that goodness is the fundamental nature of man, even if he is often
carried away by his brutal disposition.
[FN#161] Mencius (372-282 B.C.) is regarded as the beat expounder of
the doctrine of Confucius. There exists a well-known work of his,
entitled after his own name. See 'A History of Chinese Philosophy,'
by R. Endo, and also 'A History of Chinese Philosophy' (pp. 38-50),
by G. Nakauchi.
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