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

Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, see...

Where Then Does The Error Lie?
Where, then, does the error lie in the four possible proposit...

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

An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
To get Enlightened we must next dispel an illusion respecting...

The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
There are, according to Zen, the four classes of religious an...

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

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...

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
Similarly, it is the case with religion and morality. If we ...

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

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

A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The holy writ that Zen masters admire is not one of parchment...

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...

Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
On the following morning the news of what had happened during...

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

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

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

Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...

Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
No wonder, then, that the representatives of the Samurai clas...




Great Men And Nature








All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religious men
or philosophers, are not mere readers of books, but the perusers of
Nature. Men of erudition are often lexicons in flesh and blood, but
men of genius read between the lines in the pages of life. Kant, a
man of no great erudition, could accomplish in the theory of
knowledge what Copernicus did in astronomy. Newton found the law of
gravitation not in a written page, but in a falling apple.
Unlettered Jesus realized truth beyond the comprehension of many
learned doctors. Charles Darwin, whose theory changed the whole
current of the world's thought, was not a great reader of books, but
a careful observer of facts. Shakespeare, the greatest of poets, was
the greatest reader of Nature and life. He could hear the music even
of heavenly bodies, and said:

"There's not the smallest orb which thou beholdest,
But in his motion like an angel sings."

Chwang Tsz (So-shi), the greatest of Chinese philosophers, says:
"Thou knowest the music of men, but not the music of the earth. Thou
knowest the music of the earth, but not the music of the
heaven." Goethe, perceiving a profound meaning in Nature,
says: "Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of Nature with which
she indicates how much she loves us."


Chwang Tsz, vol. i., p. 10.


Son-toku (Ninomiya), a great economist, who, overcoming all
difficulties and hardships by which he was beset from his childhood,
educated himself, says: "The earth and the heaven utter no word, but
they ceaselessly repeat the holy book unwritten."

One of the greatest self-made men in Japan, who lived
1787-1856.






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