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Buddhism

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

Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...

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...

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

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...

Real Self
If there be no individual soul either in mind or body, where ...

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

The Fourth Patriarch And The Emperor Tai Tsung Tai-so
The Third Patriarch was succeeded by Tao Sin (Do-shin), who ...

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

Epicureanism And Life
There are a good many people always buoyant in spirit and mir...

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

Life And Change
Transformation and change are the essential features of life;...

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

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

The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supr...

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

The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Thirdly, both the Zen monk and the Samurai were distinguished...

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

All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
We are to resume this problem in the following chapter. Suff...




Poetical Intuition And Zen








Since Universal Life or Spirit permeates the universe, the poetical
intuition of man never fails to find it, and to delight in everything
typical of that Spirit. "The leaves of the plantain," says a Zen
poet, "unfold themselves, hearing the voice of thunder. The flowers
of the hollyhock turn towards the sun, looking at it all day long."
Jesus could see in the lily the Unseen Being who clothed it so
lovely. Wordsworth found the most profound thing in all the world to
be the universal spiritual life, which manifests itself most directly
in nature, clothed in its own proper dignity and peace. "Through
every star," says Carlyle, "through every grass blade, most through
every soul, the glory of present God still beams."

It is not only grandeur and sublimity that indicate Universal Life,
but smallness and commonplace do the same. A sage of old awakened to
the faith when he heard a bell ring; another, when he looked
at the peach blossom; another, when he heard the frogs croaking; and
another, when he saw his own form reflected in a river. The minutest
particles of dust form a world. The meanest grain of sand under our
foot proclaims a divine law. Therefore Teu Tsz Jo-shi), pointing to
a stone in front of his temple, said: "All the Buddhas of the past,
the present, and the future are living therein."


Both the Chinese and the Japanese history of Zen are full
of such incidents.

Zen-rin-rui-shu and To-shi-go-roku.






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