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All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
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Change As Seen By Zen
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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
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Zen And Supernatural Power
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The Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...

The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
The belief in immortality is based on the strong instinct of ...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of p...

Man Is Bad-natured According To Siun Tsz Jun-shi
The weaknesses of Mencius's theory are fully exposed by anoth...

Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...

Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the To...

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

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

The Parable Of The Robber Kih
Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the followin...

Great Men And Nature
All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religio...

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

The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
After the death of the Fifth Patriarch the venerable Shang Si...

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

The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
This theory of Buddha-nature enables us to get an insight int...

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




Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight








Enlightened Consciousness is not a bare intellectual insight, for it
is full of beautiful emotions. It loves, caresses, embraces, and at
the same time esteems all beings, being ever merciful to them. It
has no enemies to conquer, no evil to fight with, but constantly
finds friends to help, good to promote. Its warm heart beats in
harmony with those of all fellow beings. The author of
Brahmajala-sutra fully expresses this idea as he says: "All women are
our mothers; all men our fathers; all earth and water our bodies in
the past existences; all fire and air our essence."

Thus relying on our inner experience, which is the only direct way of
knowing Buddha, we conceive Him as a Being with profound wisdom and
boundless mercy, who loves all beings as His children, whom He is
fostering, bringing up, guiding, and teaching. "These three worlds
are His, and all beings living in them are His children."
"The Blessed One is the mother of all sentient beings, and gives them
all the milk of mercy." Some people named Him Absolute, as
He is all light, all hope, all mercy, and all wisdom; some, Heaven,
as He is high and enlightened; some, God, as He is sacred and
mysterious; some, Truth, as He is true to Himself; some, Buddha, as
He is free from illusion; some, Creator, as He is the creative force
immanent in the universe; some, Path, as He is the Way we must
follow; some, Unknowable, as He is beyond relative knowledge; some,
Self, as He is the Self of individual selves. All these names are
applied to one Being, whom we designate by the name of Universal Life
or Spirit.


Saddharma-pundarika-sutra.

Mahaparinirvana-sutra.






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