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The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
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An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
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Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law
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Buddha The Universal Life
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The Parable Of A Drunkard
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Pessimistic View Of The Ancient Hindus
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Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
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Real Self
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Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
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Wang Yang Ming O-yo-mei And A Thief
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The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
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The Social State Of Japan When Zen Was Established By Ei-sai And Do-gen
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Buddha Is Unnamable
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Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
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Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
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Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
No sooner had Bodhidharma landed at Kwang Cheu in Southern Ch...

The Great Person And Small Person
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Buddha-nature Is The Common Source Of Morals
Furthermore, Buddha-nature or real self, being the seat of lo...

Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...




Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma








An epoch-making event took place in the Buddhist history of China by
Bodhidharma's coming over from Southern India to that country in
about A.D. 520. It was the introduction, not of the dead
scriptures, as was repeatedly done before him, but of a living faith,
not of any theoretical doctrine, but of practical Enlightenment, not
of the relies of Buddha, but of the Spirit of Shakya Muni; so that
Bodhidharma's position as a representative of Zen was unique. He
was, however, not a missionary to be favourably received by the
public. He seems to have behaved in a way quite opposite to that in
which a modern pastor treats his flock. We imagine him to have been
a religious teacher entirely different in every point from a popular
Christian missionary of our age. The latter would smile or try to
smile at every face he happens to see and would talk sociably; while
the former would not smile at any face, but would stare at it with
the large glaring eyes that penetrated to the innermost soul. The
latter would keep himself scrupulously clean, shaving, combing,
brushing, polishing, oiling, perfuming, while the former would be
entirely indifferent to his apparel, being always clad in a faded
yellow robe. The latter would compose his sermon with a great care,
making use of rhetorical art, and speak with force and elegance;
while the former would sit as absolutely silent as the bear, and kick
one off, if one should approach him with idle questions.


Buddhist historians differ in opinion respecting the date of
Bodhidharma's appearance in China. Compare Chwen Fah Chan Tsung Lun
(Den bo sho ju ron) and Hwui Yuen (E-gen).






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