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The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
The Lin Tsi school was started by Nan Yoh, a prominent d...

Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...

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

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...

Zen After The Downfall Of The Ho-jo Regency
Towards the end of the Ho-Jo period, and after the downfall o...

Life And Change
Transformation and change are the essential features of life;...

Man Is Both Good-natured And Bad-natured According To Yan Hiung Yo-yu
According to Yang Hiung and his followers, good is no less re...

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

Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
Then a question suggests itself: If there be no soul that sur...

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

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

Change As Seen By Zen
Zen, like Hinayanism, does not deny the doctrine of Transienc...

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

Decline Of Zen
The blooming prosperity of Zen was over towards the end of th...

Zen After The Restoration
After the Restoration of the Mei-ji (1867) the popularity of ...

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

The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests its...

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

Man Is Neither Good-natured Nor Bad-natured According To Su Shi
(So-shoku). The difficulty may be avoided by a theory given ...

Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms an...




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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