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Sutras Used By Zen Masters
Ten Dai failed to explain away the discrepancies and contradi...

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

Three Important Elements Of Zen
To understand how Zen developed during some four hundred year...

Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
On the following morning the news of what had happened during...

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

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

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

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

Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
Habit comes out of practice, and forms character by degrees, ...

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

The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
Breathing exercise is one of the practices of Yoga, and somew...

The Betterment Of Life
Again, people nowadays seem to feel keenly the wound of the ...

Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...

The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or ...

Life And Change
A peculiar phase of life is change which appears in the form ...

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

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

The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
There are, according to Zen, the four classes of religious an...

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

Wang Yang Ming (o-yo-mei) And A Thief
One evening when Wang was giving a lecture to a number of stu...




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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