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Enlightenment Implies An Insight Into The Nature Of Self
We cannot pass over, however, this weighty problem without sa...

Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...

The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
An eminent Chinese Buddhist scholar, well known as Ten Dai Da...

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...

Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...

The Application Of The Law Of Causation To Morals
Although it may be needless to state here the law of causatio...

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

All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
We are to resume this problem in the following chapter. Suff...

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

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

Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enl...

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

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

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

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

The Buddha Of Mercy
Milton says: Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt; Surp...

Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, ...

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

Sutras Used By Zen Masters
Ten Dai failed to explain away the discrepancies and contradi...

The Parable Of The Robber Kih

Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the following

effect: The followers of the great robber and murderer Kih asked him

saying: 'Has the robber also any moral principles in his

proceedings?' He replied: 'What profession is there which has not

its principles? That the robber comes to the conclusion without

mistake that there are valuable deposits in an apartment shows his

wisdom; that he is the first to enter it shows his bravery; that he

makes an equal division of the plunder shows his justice; that he

never betrays the fellow-robbers shows his faithfulness; and that he

is generous to the followers shows his benevolence. Without all

these five qualities no one in the world has ever attained to become

a great robber.' The parable clearly shows us Buddha-nature of the

robber and murderer expresses itself as wisdom, bravery, justice,

faithfulness, and benevolence in his society, and that if he did the

same outside it, he would not be a great robber but a great sage.

[FN#167] The parable is told for the purpose of undervaluing

Confucian doctrine, but the author thereby accidentally touches human

nature. We do not quote it here with the same purpose as the


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