Samurai Zen After The Downfall Of The Ho-jo Regency
Towards the end of the Ho-Jo period,[FN#90] and after the dow...
Change As Seen By Zen
Zen, like Hinayanism, does not deny the doctrine of Transienc...
The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
Some time after this the Sixth Patriarch settled himself down...
Life And Change
A peculiar phase of life is change which appears in the form ...
The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
This theory of Buddha-nature enables us to get an insight int...
The Buddha Of Mercy
Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt;
Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...
Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
On the following morning the news of what had happened during...
Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the To...
Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...
Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
No wonder, then, that the representatives of the Samurai clas...
Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
As we have seen above, the Sixth Patriarch was a great genius...
Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga[FN#250] claims that various supernatural powers can be a...
The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
Let us point out in brief the similarities between Zen and Ja...
The Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...
The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...
The Fourth Patriarch And The Emperor Tai Tsung (tai-so)
The Third[FN#40] Patriarch was succeeded by Tao Sin (Do-shin)...
Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...
In addition to these considerations, which mainly depend on i...
Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...
The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests itself as
mechanical force or chemical affinity in the inorganic nature,
unfolds itself as the desire of the preservation of species in the
vegetables and animals. See how vegetables fertilize themselves in a
complicated way, and how they spread their seeds far and wide in a
most mysterious manner. A far more developed form of the same desire
is seen in the sexual attachment and parental love of animals. Who
does not know that even the smallest birds defend their young against
every enemy with self -sacrificing courage, and that they bring food
whilst they themselves often starve and grow lean? In human beings
we can observe the various transformations of the self-same desire.
For instance, sorrow or despair is experienced when it is impossible;
anger, when it is hindered by others; joy, when it is fulfilled;
fear, when it is threatened; pleasure, when it is facilitated.
Although it manifests itself as the sexual attachment and parental
love in lower animals, yet its developed forms, such as sympathy,
loyalty, benevolence, mercy, humanity, are observed in human beings.
Again, the creative force in inorganic nature, in order to assert
itself and act more effectively, creates the germ of organic nature,
and gradually ascending the scale of evolution, develops the sense
organs and the nervous system; hence intellectual powers, such as
sensation, perception, imagination, memory, unfold themselves. Thus
the creative force, exerting itself gradually, widens its sphere of
action, and necessitates the union of individuals into families,
clans, tribes, communities, and nations. For the sake of this union
and co-operation they established customs, enacted laws, and
instituted political and educational systems. Furthermore, to
reinforce itself, it gave birth to languages and sciences; and to
enrich itself, morality and religion.
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