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

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

Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...

The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
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Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
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Life And Change
Transformation and change are the essential features of life;...

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

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

The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Thirdly, both the Zen monk and the Samurai were distinguished...

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

Real Self
If there be no individual soul either in mind or body, where ...

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

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

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

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

The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
Having set ourselves free from the misconception of Self, nex...

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

The Progress And Hope Of Life
How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life...

True Dhyana
To sit in Meditation is not the only method of practising Zaz...

The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
Breathing exercise is one of the practices of Yoga, and somew...




Universal Life Is Universal Spirit








These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal Life is
not a blind vital force, but Creative Spirit, or Mind, or
Consciousness, which unfolds itself in myriads of ways. Everything
in the universe, according to Zen, lives and acts, and at the same
time discloses its spirit. To be alive is identically the same as to
be spiritual. As the poet has his song, so does the nightingale, so
does the cricket, so does the rivulet. As we are pleased or
offended, so are horses, so are dogs, so are sparrows, ants,
earthworms, and mushrooms. Simpler the body, simpler its spirit;
more complicated the body, more complicated its spirit. 'Mind
slumbers in the pebble, dreams in the plant, gathers energy in the
animal, and awakens to self-conscious discovery in the soul of man.'

It is this Creative, Universal Spirit that sends forth Aurora to
illuminate the sky, that makes Diana shed her benign rays and Ĉolus
play on his harp, wreathes spring with flowers, that clothes autumn
with gold, that induces plants to put forth blossoms, that incites
animals to be energetic, and that awakens consciousness in man. The
author of Mahavaipulya-purnabuddha-sutra expressly states our idea
when he says: Mountains, rivers, skies, the earth: all these are
embraced in the True Spirit, enlightened and mysterious. Rin-zai
also says: Spirit is formless, but it penetrates through the world
in the ten directions.[FN#149] The Sixth Patriarch expresses the
same idea more explicitly: What creates the phenomena is Mind; what
transcends all the phenomena is Buddha.[FN#150]


[FN#149] Rin-zai-roku.

[FN#150] Roku-so-dan-kyo.






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