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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...

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

The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
There are, according to Zen, the four classes of religious an...

Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
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Epicureanism And Life
There are a good many people always buoyant in spirit and mir...

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

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

The Second And The Third Patriarchs
After the death of the First Patriarch, in A.D. 528, Hwui Ko ...

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

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

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

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

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

The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
Breathing exercise is one of the practices of Yoga, and somew...

Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...

Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
As we have seen above, the Sixth Patriarch was a great genius...

Zen And Supernatural Power
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Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He i...

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




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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