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Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...

Calmness Of Mind
The Yogi breathing above mentioned is fit rather for physical...

The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
[FN#67] The Lin Tsi school was started by Nan Yoh, a pr...

Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
How, then, did philosophers come to consider reality to be un...

Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
Habit comes out of practice, and forms character by degrees, ...

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

Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga[FN#250] claims that various supernatural powers can be a...

Where Then Does The Error Lie?
Where, then, does the error lie in the four possible proposit...

Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been complet...

The Social State Of Japan When Zen Was Established By Ei-sai And Do-gen
Now we have to observe the condition of the country when Zen ...

The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...

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

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

The Law Of Balance In Life
It is also the case with human affairs. Social positions hig...

Bodhidharma And His Successor The Second Patriarch
China was not, however, an uncultivated[FN#29] land for the s...

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

The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
[FN#275] The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a...

Universal Life Is Universal Spirit
These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal ...

Great Men And Nature
All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religio...

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

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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