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The Spiritual Attainment Of The Sixth Patriarch
Some time before his death (in 675 A.D.) the Fifth Patriarch ...

Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been complet...

Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
Zen is not based on any particular sutra, either of Mahaya...

Hinayanism And Its Doctrine
The doctrine of Transience was the first entrance gate of Hin...

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

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

The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
A grain of sand you, trample upon has a deeper significance t...

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

Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the...

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

Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...

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

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

The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
Some time after this the Sixth Patriarch settled himself down...

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

The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
Tao Sin transmitted the Law to Hung Jan (Ko-nin), who being e...

The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...

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...

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

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




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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