Samurai Calmness Of Mind
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Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
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All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
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Poetical Intuition And Zen
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The Law Of Balance
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Great Men And Nature
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The Courage And The Composure Of Mind Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
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Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
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Buddha-nature Is The Common Source Of Morals
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Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
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Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
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The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
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The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...
Nature And Her Lesson
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Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
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Personalism Of B P Bowne
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The Mystery Of Life
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Zen In The Dark Age
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The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
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The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
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The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supreme
Enlightenment after the practice of Meditation for one week, some for
one day, some for a score of years, and some for a few months. The
practice of Meditation, however, is not simply a means for
Enlightenment, as is usually supposed, but also it is the enjoyment
of Nirvana, or the beatitude of Zen. It is a matter, of course, that
we have fully to understand the doctrine of Zen, and that we have to
go through the mental training peculiar to Zen in order to be
The first step in the mental training is to become the master of
external things. He who is addicted to worldly pleasures, however
learned or ignorant he may be, however high or low his social
position may be, is a servant to mere things. He cannot adapt the
external world to his own end, but he adapts himself to it. He is
constantly employed, ordered, driven by sensual objects. Instead of
taking possession of wealth, he is possessed by wealth. Instead of
drinking liquors, he is swallowed up by his liquors. Balls and music
bid him to run mad. Games and shows order him not to stay at home.
Houses, furniture, pictures, watches, chains, hats, bonnets, rings,
bracelets, shoes--in short, everything has a word to command him.
How can such a person be the master of things? To Ju (Na-kae) says:
There is a great jail, not a jail for criminals, that contains the
world in it. Fame, gain, pride, and bigotry form its four walls.
Those who are confined in it fall a prey to sorrow and sigh for ever.
To be the ruler of things we have first to shut up all our senses,
and turn the currents of thoughts inward, and see ourselves as the
centre of the world, and meditate that we are the beings of highest
intelligence; that Buddha never puts us at the mercy of natural
forces; that the earth is in our possession; that everything on earth
is to be made use of for our noble ends; that fire, water, air,
grass, trees, rivers, hills, thunder, cloud, stars, the moon, the
sun, are at our command; that we are the law-givers of the natural
phenomena; that we are the makers of the phenomenal world; that it is
we that appoint a mission through life, and determine the fate of man.
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