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

The Five Ranks Of Merit
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The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
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Life In The Concrete
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Buddha-nature Is The Common Source Of Morals
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The Great Person And Small Person
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Great Men And Nature
All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religio...

The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supr...

The Next Step In The Mental Training
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Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
No wonder, then, that the representatives of the Samurai clas...

The Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...

Epicureanism And Life
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The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
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The Betterment Of Life
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Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
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The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
Breathing exercise is one of the practices of Yoga, and somew...

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

Zen After The Downfall Of The Ho-jo Regency
Towards the end of the Ho-Jo period,[FN#90] and after the dow...

The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
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The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
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Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self








Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, the root
of all Sin, folly, vice, and evil, since it enables us to see that
every being is endowed with divine spirituality in common with men.
It is selfishness that throws dark shadows on life, just as it is not
the sun but the body that throws shadow before it. It is the
self-same selfishness that gave rise to the belief in the immortality
of soul, in spite of its irrationality, foolishness, and
superstition. Individual self should be a poor miserable thing if it
were not essentially connected with the Universal Life. We can
always enjoy pure happiness when we are united with nature, quite
forgetful of our poor self. When you look, for example, into the
smiling face of a pretty baby, and smile with it, or listen to the
sweet melody of a songster and sing with it, you completely forget
your poor self at that enraptured moment. But your feelings of
beauty and happiness are for ever gone when you resume your self, and
begin to consider them after your own selfish ideas. To forget self
and identify it with nature is to break down its limitation and to
set it at liberty. To break down petty selfishness and extend it
into Universal Self is to unfetter and deliver it from bondage. It
therefore follows that salvation can be secured not by the
continuation of individuality in another life, but by the realization
of one's union with Universal Life, which is immortal, free,
limitless, eternal, and bliss itself. This is easily effected by
Zazen.






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