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

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...

The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
After the death of the Fifth Patriarch the venerable Shang Si...

The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
Let us point out in brief the similarities between Zen and Ja...

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
Similarly, it is the case with religion and morality. If we ...

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

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

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

The Second And The Third Patriarchs
After the death of the First Patriarch, in A.D. 528, Hwui Ko ...

Buddha The Universal Life
Zen conceives Buddha as a Being, who moves, stirs, inspires, ...

Poetical Intuition And Zen
Since Universal Life or Spirit permeates the universe, the po...

Nature Favours Nothing In Particular
There is another point of view of life, which gave the presen...

Man Is Bad-natured According To Siun Tsz
The weaknesses of Mencius's theory are fully exposed by anot...

The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
This theory of Buddha-nature enables us to get an insight int...

Epicureanism And Life
There are a good many people always buoyant in spirit and mir...

Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the...

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

Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
No sooner had Bodhidharma landed at Kwang Cheu in Southern Ch...

Enlightened Consciousness
In addition to these considerations, which mainly depend on i...

Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
Then a question suggests itself: If there be no soul that su...




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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