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

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

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

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

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 Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or ...

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

The World Is In The Making
Our assertion is far from assuming that life is now complete,...

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

Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
Zen is not based on any particular sutra, either of Mahaya...

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

Sutras Used By Zen Masters
Ten Dai failed to explain away the discrepancies and contradi...

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

Nature Favours Nothing In Particular
There is another point of view of life, which gave the presen...

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

Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms an...

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

The Eternal Life As Taught By Professor Munsterberg
Some philosophical pessimists undervalue life simply because ...

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

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




Nature Is The Mother Of All Things








Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He is her
child. She provided him food, raiment, and shelter. She nourishes
him, strengthens him, and vitalizes him. At the same time she
disciplines, punishes, and instructs him. His body is of her own
formation, his knowledge is of her own laws, and his activities are
the responses to her own addresses to him. Modern civilization is
said by some to be the conquest of man over Nature; but, in fact, it
is his faithful obedience to her. "Bacon truly said," says
Eucken, "that to rule nature man must first serve her. He
forgot to add that, as her ruler, he is still destined to go on
serving her." She can never be attacked by any being unless he acts
in strict conformity to her laws. To accomplish anything against her
law is as impossible as to catch fishes in a forest, or to make bread
of rock. How many species of animals have perished owing to their
inability to follow her steps! How immense fortunes have been lost
in vain from man's ignorance of her order! How many human beings
disappeared on earth from their disobedience to her unbending will!
She is, nevertheless, true to those who obey her rules. Has not
science proved that she is truthful? Has not art found that she is
beautiful?


Eucken's 'Philosophy of Life,' by W. R. Royce Gibbon, p. 51.


Has not philosophy announced that she is spiritual? Has not religion
proclaimed that she is good? At all events, she is the mother of all
beings. She lives in all things and they live in her. All that she
possesses is theirs, and all that they want she supplies. Her life
is the same vitality that stirs all sentient beings. Chwang
Tsz (So-shi) is right when he says: "Heaven, Earth, and I
were produced together, and all things and I are one." And again:
"If all things be regarded with love, Heaven and Earth are one with
me." Sang Chao (So-jo) also says: "Heaven and Earth are of the same
root as we. All things in the world are of one substance with
Me."


Chwang Tsz, vol. i., p. 20.

This is a favourite subject of discussion by Zenists.






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