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

The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
In the meantime seekers after a new truth gradually began to ...

The Betterment Of Life
Again, people nowadays seem to feel keenly the wound of the ...

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

Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
An epoch-making event took place in the Buddhist history of C...

The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
The Lin Tsi school was started by Nan Yoh, a prominent d...

Enlightenment Implies An Insight Into The Nature Of Self
We cannot pass over, however, this weighty problem without sa...

The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,...

Zen After The Downfall Of The Ho-jo Regency
Towards the end of the Ho-Jo period, and after the downfall o...

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

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...

The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
After the death of the Fifth Patriarch the venerable Shang Si...

The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
Some time after this the Sixth Patriarch settled himself down...

The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...

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...

Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...

The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
The belief in immortality is based on the strong instinct of ...

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

Decline Of Zen
The blooming prosperity of Zen was over towards the end of th...

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




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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