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

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

Bodhidharma And His Successor The Second Patriarch
China was not, however, an uncultivated land for the seed of ...

The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
Let us point out in brief the similarities between Zen and Ja...

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...

The Mystery Of Life
Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in l...

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

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

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

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

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...

Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

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

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

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

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

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

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...

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

Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the To...




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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