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The Beatitude Of Zen
We are far from denying, as already shown in the foregoing ch...

The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
Having set ourselves free from the misconception of Self, nex...

No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
Some Occidental scholars erroneously identify Buddhism with t...

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

Life And Change
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Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...

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

Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law
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The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests its...

The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
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The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
Thus far we have described the doctrine of Zen inculcated by ...

Change As Seen By Zen
Zen, like Hinayanism, does not deny the doctrine of Transienc...

The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
Tao Sin transmitted the Law to Hung Jan (Ko-nin), who being e...

The Parable Of A Drunkard
Now the question arises, If all human beings are endowed with...

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

Buddha Is Unnamable
Give a definite name to Deity, He would be no more than what ...

The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
This theory of Buddha-nature enables us to get an insight int...

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

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

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...




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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