Buddhism Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...
No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
Some Occidental scholars erroneously identify Buddhism with t...
Buddha Is Unnamable
Give a definite name to Deity, He would be no more than what ...
The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a Chinese...
The Parable Of A Drunkard
Now the question arises, If all human beings are endowed with...
Three Important Elements Of Zen
To understand how Zen developed during some four hundred year...
Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms an...
The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
This school was started by Tsing-Yuen (Sei-gen), an emine...
Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the...
Change As Seen By Zen
Zen, like Hinayanism, does not deny the doctrine of Transienc...
Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life...
Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
Zen is not based on any particular sutra, either of
The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...
The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
The confused or unenlightened may be compared with a monk and...
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...
Zen After The Restoration
After the Restoration of the Mei-ji (1867) the popularity of ...
The Application Of The Law Of Causation To Morals
Although it may be needless to state here the law of causatio...
The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
Philosophical pessimists maintain that there are on earth
The Second And The Third Patriarchs
After the death of the First Patriarch, in A.D. 528, Hwui Ko ...
Great Men And Nature
All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religio...
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
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