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

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

The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or ...

The World Is In The Making
Our assertion is far from assuming that life is now complete,...

The Application Of The Law Of Causation To Morals
Although it may be needless to state here the law of causatio...

The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...

Three Important Elements Of Zen
To understand how Zen developed during some four hundred year...

The Next Step In The Mental Training
In the next place we have to strive to be the master of our b...

The Parable Of A Drunkard
Now the question arises, If all human beings are endowed with...

The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a Chinese...

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

Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
How, then, did philosophers come to consider reality to be un...

Life And Change
A peculiar phase of life is change which appears in the form ...

Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches Bud...

The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...

Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law
For details, see Chwen Tang Luh and Den Ka Roku, by Kei Z...

Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
Habit comes out of practice, and forms character by degrees, ...

Nature Favours Nothing In Particular
There is another point of view of life, which gave the presen...

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

The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
Philosophical pessimists maintain that there are on earth ma...




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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