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

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

The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
Thus far we have described the doctrine of Zen inculcated by ...

The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
The confused or unenlightened may be compared with a monk and...

The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
This theory of Buddha-nature enables us to get an insight int...

The Progress And Hope Of Life
How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life...

Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms an...

Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
Now let us examine where illusion lies hidden from the view o...

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

The Application Of The Law Of Causation To Morals
Although it may be needless to state here the law of causatio...

Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
Habit comes out of practice, and forms character by degrees, ...

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

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

Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, ...

Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
Zen is not based on any particular sutra, either of Mahaya...

Change As Seen By Zen
Zen, like Hinayanism, does not deny the doctrine of Transienc...

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

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

Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
As we have seen above, the Sixth Patriarch was a great genius...

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




Life And Change








A peculiar phase of life is change which appears in the form of
growth and decay. Nobody can deny the transitoriness of life. One
of our friends humorously observed: "Everything in the world may be
doubtful to you, but it can never be doubted that you will die."
Life is like a burning lamp. Every minute its flame dies out and is
renewed. Life is like a running stream. Every moment it pushes
onward. If there be anything constant in this world of change, it
should be change itself. Is it not just one step from rosy childhood
to snowy age? Is it not just one moment from the nuptial song to the
funeral-dirge? Who can live the same moment twice?
In comparison with an organism, inorganic matter appears to be
constant and changeless; but, in fact, it is equally subjected to
ceaseless alteration. Every morning, looking into the mirror, you
will find your visage reflected in it just as it was on the preceding
day; so also every morning, looking at the sun and the earth, you
will find them reflected in your retina just as they were on the
previous morning; but the sun and the earth are no less changeless
than you. Why do the sun and the earth seem changeless and constant
to you? Only because you yourself undergo change more quickly than
they. When you look at the clouds sweeping across the face of the
moon, they seem to be at rest, and the moon in rapid motion; but, in
fact, the clouds, as well as the moon, incessantly move on.

Science might maintain the quantitative constancy of matter, but the
so-called matter is mere abstraction. To say matter is changeless is
as much as to say 2 is always 2, changeless and constant, because the
arithmetical number is not more abstract than the physiological
matter. The moon appears standing still when you look at her only a
few moments. In like manner she seems to be free from change when
you look at her in your short span of life. Astronomers,
nevertheless, can tell you how she saw her better days, and is now in
her wrinkles and white hair.






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