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

Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law
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Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
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The Mystery Of Life
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The Law Of Balance In Life
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How To Worship Buddha
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The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
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Enlightenment Implies An Insight Into The Nature Of Self
We cannot pass over, however, this weighty problem without sa...

The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
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The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
A grain of sand you, trample upon has a deeper significance t...

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

The Betterment Of Life
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Poetical Intuition And Zen
Since Universal Life or Spirit permeates the universe, the po...

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

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

The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
This school was started by Tsing-Yuen (Sei-gen), an emine...

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

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...

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

Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...




Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind








Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for its
possessor, not a relative knowledge of things as his intellect does,
but the profoundest insight in reference to universal brotherhood of
all beings, and enables him to understand the absolute holiness of
their nature, and the highest goal for which all of them are making.
Enlightened Consciousness once awakened within us serves as a guiding
principle, and leads us to hope, bliss, and life; consequently, it is
called the Master of both mind and body. Sometimes it is
called the Original Mind, as it is the mind of minds. It is
Buddha dwelling in individuals. You might call it God in man, if you
like. The following dialogues all point to this single idea:

On one occasion a butcher, who was used to kill one thousand sheep a
day, came to Gotama, and, throwing down his butcher-knife, said "I am
one of the thousand Buddhas." "Yes, really," replied Gotama. A
monk, Hwui Chao (E-cha) by name, asked Pao Yen (Ho-gen): "What is
Buddha?" "You are Hwui Chao," replied the master. The same question
was put to Sheu Shan (Shu-zan), Chi Man (Chi-mon), and Teu Tsz
(To-shi), the first of whom answered: "A bride mounts on a donkey and
her mother-in-law drives it;" and the second: "He goes barefooted,
his sandals being worn out;" while the third rose from his chair and
stood still without saying a word. Chwen Hih (Fu-kiu) explains this
point in unequivocal terms: "Night after night I sleep with Buddha,
and every morning I get up with Him. He accompanies me wherever I
go. When I stand or sit, when I speak or be mute, when I am out or
in, He never leaves me, even as a shadow accompanies body. Would you
know where He is? Listen to that voice and word."


It is often called the Lord or Master of mind.

Another name for Buddha is the Original Mind"
(Kechi-myaku-ron).

For such dialogues, see Sho-yo-roku, Mu-mon-kan,
Heki-gan-shu. Fu-kiu's words are repeatedly quoted by Zen masters.






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