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Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
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The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
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Decline Of Zen
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The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
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Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
Now let us examine where illusion lies hidden from the view o...

The Next Step In The Mental Training
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The Honest Poverty Of The Zen Monk And The Samurai
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Three Important Elements Of Zen
To understand how Zen developed during some four hundred year...

How To Worship Buddha
The author of Vimalakirtti-nirdeca-sutra well explains our at...

Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He i...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of p...

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

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

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

The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests its...

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...

Universal Life Is Universal Spirit
These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal ...

Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
A famous Zenist, Mu-go-koku-shi, is said to have replied ...

Personalism Of B P Bowne
B. P. Bowne says: They (phenomena) are not phantoms or illus...

The Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...




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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