Buddhism The Progress And Hope Of Life
How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life...
The Parable Of A Drunkard
Now the question arises, If all human beings are endowed with...
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 Bad Are The Good In The Egg
This is not only the case with a robber or a murderer, but al...
Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...
Calmness Of Mind
The Yogi breathing above mentioned is fit rather for physical...
Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
How, then, did philosophers come to consider reality to be un...
The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
After the death of the Fifth Patriarch the venerable Shang Si...
The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
There are, according to Zen, the four classes of religious an...
Epicureanism And Life
There are a good many people always buoyant in spirit and mir...
Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches
The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
Thus far we have described the doctrine of Zen inculcated by ...
Bodhidharma And His Successor The Second Patriarch
China was not, however, an uncultivated land for the seed of
The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
Breathing exercise is one of the practices of Yoga, and somew...
The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...
The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
This school was started by Tsing-Yuen (Sei-gen), an emine...
Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
Enlightened Consciousness is not a bare intellectual insight,...
Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...
Change As Seen By Zen
Zen, like Hinayanism, does not deny the doctrine of Transienc...
Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimistic view
of life. On the contrary, it gives us an inexhaustible source of
pleasure and hope. Let us ask you: Are you satisfied with the
present state of things? Do you not sympathize with poverty-stricken
millions living side by side with millionaires saturated with wealth?
Do you not shed tears over those hunger-bitten children who cower in
the dark lanes of a great city? Do you not wish to put down the
stupendous oppressor--Might-is-right? Do you not want to do away
with the so-called armoured peace among nations? Do you not need to
mitigate the struggle for existence more sanguine than the war of
Life changes and is changeable; consequently, has its future. Hope
is therefore possible. Individual development, social betterment,
international peace, reformation of mankind in general, can be hoped.
Our ideal, however unpractical it may seem at the first sight, can
be realized. Moreover, the world itself, too, is changing and
changeable. It reveals new phases from time to time, and can be
moulded to subserve our purpose. We must not take life or the world
as completed and doomed as it is now. No fact verifies the belief
that the world was ever created by some other power and predestined
to be as it is now. It lives, acts, and changes. It is transforming
itself continually, just as we are changing and becoming. Thus the
doctrine of Transience supplies us with an inexhaustible source of
hope and comfort, leads us into the living universe, and introduces
us to the presence of Universal Life or Buddha.
The reader may easily understand how Zen conceives Buddha as the
living principle from the following dialogues: "Is it true, sir,"
asked a monk of Teu tsz (To-shi), "that all the voices of Nature are
those of Buddha?" "Yes, certainly," replied Teu tsz. "What is,
reverend sir," asked a man of Chao Cheu (Jo-shu), "the holy temple
(of Buddha)?" "An innocent girl," replied the teacher. "Who is the
master of the temple?" asked the other again. "A baby in her womb,"
was the answer. "What is, sir," asked a monk to Yen Kwan (Yen-kan),
"the original body of Buddha Vairocana?" "Fetch me a pitcher
with water," said the teacher. The monk did as he was ordered. "Put
it back in its place," said Yen Kwan again.
Literally, All Illuminating Buddha, the highest of the
Trikayas. See Eitel, p. 192.
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