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

The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
This is not only the case with a robber or a murderer, but al...

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

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...

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

The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests its...

The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
Occidental minds believe in a mysterious entity under the nam...

The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,...

Pessimistic View Of The Ancient Hindus
In addition to this, the new theory of matter has entirely ov...

Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, se...

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

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

Change As Seen By Zen
Zen, like Hinayanism, does not deny the doctrine of Transienc...

Buddha-nature Is The Common Source Of Morals
Furthermore, Buddha-nature or real self, being the seat of lo...

Buddha Is Unnamable
Give a definite name to Deity, He would be no more than what ...

The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
Thus far we have described the doctrine of Zen inculcated by ...

The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
Tao Sin transmitted the Law to Hung Jan (Ko-nin), who being e...

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

Life In The Concrete
Life in the concrete, which we are living, greatly differs fr...

Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life...




The Law Of Balance








Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts things
ever in pairs,[FN#216] and leaves nothing in isolation. Positives
stand in opposition to negatives, actives to passives, males to
females, and so on. Thus we get the ebb in opposition to the flood
tide; the centrifugal force to the centripetal; attraction to
repulsion; growth to decay; toxin to antitoxin; light to shade;
action to reaction; unity to variety; day to night; the animate to
the inanimate. Look at our own bodies: the right eye is placed side
by side with the left; the left shoulder with the right; the right
lung with the left; the left hemisphere of the brain with that of the
right; and so forth.


[FN#216] Zenists call them 'pairs of opposites.'


It holds good also in human affairs: advantage is always accompanied
by disadvantage; loss by gain; convenience by inconvenience; good by
evil; rise by fall; prosperity by adversity; virtue by vice; beauty
by deformity; pain by pleasure; youth by old age; life by death. 'A
handsome young lady of quality,' a parable in Mahaparinirvana-sutra
tells us, 'who carries with her an immense treasure is ever
accompanied by her sister, an ugly woman in rags, who destroys
everything within her reach. If we win the former, we must also get
the latter.' As pessimists show intense dislike towards the latter
and forget the former, so optimists admire the former so much that
they are indifferent to the latter.






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