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Sutras Used By Zen Masters
Ten Dai failed to explain away the discrepancies and contradi...

The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
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The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
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Life And Change
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Epicureanism And Life
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The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests its...

The Courage And The Composure Of Mind Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
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Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
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The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
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Bodhidharma And His Successor The Second Patriarch
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Life In The Concrete
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The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
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Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
Then a question suggests itself: If there be no soul that sur...

The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
In the meantime seekers after a new truth gradually began to ...

The Honest Poverty Of The Zen Monk And The Samurai
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The Next Step In The Mental Training
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Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
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Enlightened Consciousness
In addition to these considerations, which mainly depend on i...

Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
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An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
To get Enlightened we must next dispel an illusion respecting...




Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer








The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enlightened
Consciousness, but men still dream a dream of illusion. Bells and
clocks of the Universal Church proclaim the dawn of Bodhi, yet men,
drunk with the liquors of the Three Poisons Still slumber in
the darkness of sin. Let us pray to Buddha, in whose bosom we live,
for the sake of our own salvation. Let us invoke Buddha, whose
boundless mercy ever besets us, for the Sake of joy and peace of all
our fellow-beings. Let us adore Him through our sympathy towards the
poor, through our kindness shown to the suffering, through our
thought of the sublime and the good.

"O brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother;
Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there;
To worship rightly is to love each other,
Each smile a hymn, each kindly word a prayer."
--Whittier.

Let, then, your heart be so pure that you may not be unworthy of the
sunshine beaming upon you the light of Universal Spirit. Let your
thought be so noble that you may deserve fair flowers blooming before
you, reminding you of merciful Buddha. Let your life be so good that
you may not be ashamed of yourself in the presence of the Blessed
One. This is the piety of Mahayanists, especially of Zenists.


Lust, anger, and folly.






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