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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...

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
Similarly, it is the case with religion and morality. If we ...

The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
In the meantime seekers after a new truth gradually began to ...

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

Real Self
If there be no individual soul either in mind or body, where ...

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

Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
Now let us examine where illusion lies hidden from the view o...

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

The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...

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

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

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

The Progress And Hope Of Life
How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life...

Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He i...

Decline Of Zen
The blooming prosperity of Zen was over towards the end of th...

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

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

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...

Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches Bud...

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

Nature And Her Lesson

Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywhere we go
the rose and lily await us. Spring visits us men, says
Gu-do,[FN#277] her mercy is great. Every blossom holds out the
image of Tathagata. What is the spiritual body of Buddha who is
immortal and divine? asked a man to Ta Lun (Dai-ryu), who instantly
replied: The flowers cover the mountain with golden brocade. The
waters tinge the rivulets with heavenly blue. Universe is the
whole body of Tathagata; observed Do-gen. The worlds in ten
directions, the earth, grass, trees, walls, fences, tiles, pebbles-in
a word, all the animated and inanimate objects partake of the
Buddha-nature. Thereby, those who partake in the benefit of the Wind
and Water that rise out of them are, all of them, helped by the
mysterious influence of Buddha, and show forth Enlightenment.[FN#278]

[FN#277] One of the distinguished Zenists in the Tokugawa period,
who died in 1661.

[FN#278] Sho-bo gen-zo.

Thus you can attain to highest bliss through your conscious union
with Buddha. Nothing can disturb your peace, when you can enjoy
peace in the midst of disturbances; nothing can cause you to suffer,
when you welcome misfortunes and hardships in order to train and
strengthen your character; nothing can tempt you to commit sin, when
you are constantly ready to listen to the sermon given by everything
around you; nothing can distress you, when you make the world the
holy temple of Buddha. This is the state of Nirvana which everyone
believing in Buddha may secure.

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