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

The Eternal Life As Taught By Professor Munsterberg
Some philosophical pessimists undervalue life simply because ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law[fn#31]
[FN#31] For details, see Chwen Tang Luh and Den Ka Roku, b...

No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
Some Occidental scholars erroneously identify Buddhism with t...

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

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

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

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

There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...

The Beatitude Of Zen
We are far from denying, as already shown in the foregoing ch...

Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life...




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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