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Buddhism

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

The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...

Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
No sooner had Bodhidharma landed at Kwang Cheu in Southern Ch...

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

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

Three Important Elements Of Zen
To understand how Zen developed during some four hundred year...

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

Bodhidharma And His Successor The Second Patriarch
China was not, however, an uncultivated land for the seed of ...

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

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

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

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

Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enl...

Life In The Concrete
Life in the concrete, which we are living, greatly differs fr...

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

Zen And Idealism
Next Zen makes use of Idealism as explained by the Dharmalaks...

Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been complet...

Poetical Intuition And Zen
Since Universal Life or Spirit permeates the universe, the po...

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

The Spiritual Attainment Of The Sixth Patriarch
Some time before his death (in 675 A.D.) the Fifth Patriarch ...




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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