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Buddhism

Enlightened Consciousness
In addition to these considerations, which mainly depend on i...

Life Consists In Conflict
Life consists in conflict. So long as man remains a social a...

Buddha The Universal Life
Zen conceives Buddha as a Being, who moves, stirs, inspires, ...

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

Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
Enlightened Consciousness is not a bare intellectual insight,...

The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
Let us point out in brief the similarities between Zen and Ja...

Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...

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

There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...

The Next Step In The Mental Training
In the next place we have to strive to be the master of our b...

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

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

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

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

Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, see...

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

The Application Of The Law Of Causation To Morals
Although it may be needless to state here the law of causatio...

The Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...

Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
Then a question suggests itself: If there be no soul that sur...

The Law Of Balance In Life
It is also the case with human affairs. Social positions hig...




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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