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No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
Some Occidental scholars erroneously identify Buddhism with t...

Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
An epoch-making event took place in the Buddhist history of C...

Bodhidharma And His Successor The Second Patriarch
China was not, however, an uncultivated[FN#29] land for the s...

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

Great Men And Nature
All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religio...

Zen After The Restoration
After the Restoration of the Mei-ji (1867) the popularity of ...

Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, ...

Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...

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

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

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

Calmness Of Mind
The Yogi breathing above mentioned is fit rather for physical...

Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

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

Zen And Idealism
Next Zen makes use of Idealism as explained by the Dharmalaks...

The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
[FN#75] This school was started by Tsing-Yuen (Sei-gen)...

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

The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
A grain of sand you, trample upon has a deeper significance t...

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

Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
No sooner had Bodhidharma landed at Kwang Cheu in Southern Ch...




Poetical Intuition And Zen








Since Universal Life or Spirit permeates the universe, the poetical
intuition of man never fails to find it, and to delight in everything
typical of that Spirit. The leaves of the plantain, says a Zen
poet, unfold themselves, hearing the voice of thunder. The flowers
of the hollyhock turn towards the sun, looking at it all day long.
Jesus could see in the lily the Unseen Being who clothed it so
lovely. Wordsworth found the most profound thing in all the world to
be the universal spiritual life, which manifests itself most directly
in nature, clothed in its own proper dignity and peace. Through
every star, says Carlyle, through every grass blade, most through
every soul, the glory of present God still beams.

It is not only grandeur and sublimity that indicate Universal Life,
but smallness and commonplace do the same. A sage of old awakened to
the faith[FN#151] when he heard a bell ring; another, when he looked
at the peach blossom; another, when he heard the frogs croaking; and
another, when he saw his own form reflected in a river. The minutest
particles of dust form a world. The meanest grain of sand under our
foot proclaims a divine law. Therefore Teu Tsz Jo-shi), pointing to
a stone in front of his temple, said: All the Buddhas of the past,
the present, and the future are living therein.[FN#152]


[FN#151] Both the Chinese and the Japanese history of Zen are full
of such incidents.

[FN#152] Zen-rin-rui-shu and To-shi-go-roku.






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