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

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

The Law Of Balance In Life
It is also the case with human affairs. Social positions hig...

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

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...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...

The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
Having set ourselves free from the misconception of Self, nex...

Wang Yang Ming O-yo-mei And A Thief
One evening when Wang was giving a lecture to a number of stu...

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

Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...

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

The Eternal Life As Taught By Professor Munsterberg
Some philosophical pessimists undervalue life simply because ...

The Fourth Patriarch And The Emperor Tai Tsung Tai-so
The Third Patriarch was succeeded by Tao Sin (Do-shin), who ...

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

Life And Change
Transformation and change are the essential features of life;...

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

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

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

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

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




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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