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Buddhism

Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law
For details, see Chwen Tang Luh and Den Ka Roku, by Kei Z...

The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...

Man Is Neither Good-natured Nor Bad-natured According To Su Shi
(So-shoku). The difficulty may be avoided by a theory given ...

Hinayanism And Its Doctrine
The doctrine of Transience was the first entrance gate of Hin...

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

The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
A grain of sand you, trample upon has a deeper significance t...

Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...

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...

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

The Honest Poverty Of The Zen Monk And The Samurai
Secondly, the so-called honest poverty is a characteristic of...

The Courage And The Composure Of Mind Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Fourthly, our Samurai encountered death, as is well known, wi...

Zen Is Not Nihilistic
Zen judged from ancient Zen masters' aphorisms may seem, at t...

The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
An eminent Chinese Buddhist scholar, well known as Ten Dai Da...

The Parable Of The Robber Kih
Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the followin...

Calmness Of Mind
The Yogi breathing above mentioned is fit rather for physical...

Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life...

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;...

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

Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga claims that various supernatural powers can be acquired ...




Nature And Her Lesson








Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywhere we go
the rose and lily await us. "Spring visits us men," says
Gu-do, "her mercy is great. Every blossom holds out the
image of Tathagata." "What is the spiritual body of Buddha who is
immortal and divine?" asked a man to Ta Lun (Dai-ryu), who instantly
replied: "The flowers cover the mountain with golden brocade. The
waters tinge the rivulets with heavenly blue." "Universe is the
whole body of Tathagata; observed Do-gen. "The worlds in ten
directions, the earth, grass, trees, walls, fences, tiles, pebbles-in
a word, all the animated and inanimate objects partake of the
Buddha-nature. Thereby, those who partake in the benefit of the Wind
and Water that rise out of them are, all of them, helped by the
mysterious influence of Buddha, and show forth Enlightenment."


One of the distinguished Zenists in the Tokugawa period,
who died in 1661.

Sho-bo gen-zo.


Thus you can attain to highest bliss through your conscious union
with Buddha. Nothing can disturb your peace, when you can enjoy
peace in the midst of disturbances; nothing can cause you to suffer,
when you welcome misfortunes and hardships in order to train and
strengthen your character; nothing can tempt you to commit sin, when
you are constantly ready to listen to the sermon given by everything
around you; nothing can distress you, when you make the world the
holy temple of Buddha. This is the state of Nirvana which everyone
believing in Buddha may secure.






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