Buddhism Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
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Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
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Decline Of Zen
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Universal Life Is Universal Spirit
These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal ...
The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...
Where Then Does The Error Lie?
Where, then, does the error lie in the four possible proposit...
The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
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Zen And Idealism
Next Zen makes use of Idealism as explained by the Dharmalaks...
A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The holy writ that Zen masters admire is not one of parchment...
Calmness Of Mind
The Yogi breathing above mentioned is fit rather for physical...
The Buddha Of Mercy
"Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt;
The Betterment Of Life
Again, people nowadays seem to feel keenly the wound of the
Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the...
The Progress And Hope Of Life
How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life...
The Next Step In The Mental Training
In the next place we have to strive to be the master of our b...
The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
This is not only the case with a robber or a murderer, but al...
Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law
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Zen Is Not Nihilistic
Zen judged from ancient Zen masters' aphorisms may seem, at t...
Personalism Of B P Bowne
B. P. Bowne says: They (phenomena) are not phantoms or
The World Is In The Making
Our assertion is far from assuming that life is now complete,...
Calmness Of Mind
The Yogi breathing above mentioned is fit rather for physical
exercise than for mental balance, and it will be beneficial if you
take that exercise before or after Meditation. Japanese masters
mostly bold it very important to push forward. The lowest part of
the abdomen during Zazen, and they are right so far as the present
writer's personal experiences go.
'If you feel your mind distracted, look at the tip of the nose; never
lose sight of it for some time, or look at your own palm, and let not
your mind go out of it, or gaze at one spot before you.' This will
greatly help you in restoring the equilibrium of your mind. Chwang
Tsz thought that calmness of mind is essential to sages, and
said: "The stillness of the sages does not belong to them as a
consequence of their skilful ability; all things are not able to
disturb their minds; it is on this account that they are still. When
water is still, its clearness shows the beard and eyebrows (of him
who looks into it). It is a perfect level, and the greatest
artificer takes his rule from it. Such is the clearness of still
water, and how much greater is that of the human spirit? The still
mind of the sage is the mirror of heaven and earth, the glass of all
Forget all worldly concerns, expel all cares and anxieties, let go of
passions and desires, give up ideas and thoughts, set your mind at
liberty absolutely, and make it as clear as a burnished mirror. Thus
let flow your inexhaustible fountain of purity, let open your
inestimable treasure of virtue, bring forth your inner hidden nature
of goodness, disclose your innermost divine wisdom, and waken your
Enlightened Consciousness to see Universal Life within you. "Zazen
enables the practiser," says Kei-zan, "to open up his mind,
to see his own nature, to become conscious of mysteriously pure and
bright spirit, or eternal light within him."
Chwang Tsz, vol. v., p. 5.
Once become conscious of Divine Life within you, yon can see it in
your brethren, no matter how different they may be in circumstances,
in abilities, in characters, in nationalities, in language, in
religion, and in race. You can see it in animals, vegetables, and
minerals, no matter how diverse they may be in form, no matter how
wild and ferocious some may seem in nature, no matter how unfeeling
in heart some may seem, no matter how devoid of intelligence some may
appear, no matter how insignificant some may be, no matter how simple
in construction some may be, no matter how lifeless some may seem.
You can see that the whole universe is Enlightened and penetrated by
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