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The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
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Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
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Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
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Decline Of Zen
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True Dhyana
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Zen And Supernatural Power
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Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...

Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
[FN#263] A famous Zenist, Mu-go-koku-shi, is said to ha...

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

The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...

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...

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

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

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

The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
Some time after this the Sixth Patriarch settled himself down...

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

The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
Philosophical pessimists[FN#214] maintain that there are on e...

Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
As we have seen above, the Sixth Patriarch was a great genius...

Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
Enlightened Consciousness is not a bare intellectual insight,...

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




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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