VIEW THE MOBILE VERSION of www.xlf.ca Informational Site Network Informational
Privacy
   Home - Samurai - Code of Honor - Courage - Samuri Religion - History of Buddism

Buddhism

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

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

The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
A grain of sand you, trample upon has a deeper significance t...

Man Is Bad-natured According To Siun Tsz Jun-shi
The weaknesses of Mencius's theory are fully exposed by anoth...

Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga claims that various supernatural powers can be acquired ...

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

The Social State Of Japan When Zen Was Established By Ei-sai And Do-gen
Now we have to observe the condition of the country when Zen ...

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

Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches Bud...

The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
The confused or unenlightened may be compared with a monk and...

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

Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the...

Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
Now let us examine where illusion lies hidden from the view o...

The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a Chinese...

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

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

Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been complet...

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

Bodhidharma And His Successor The Second Patriarch
China was not, however, an uncultivated land for the seed of ...

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




Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son








A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the good
that we are born with. We are just like the only son of a
well-to-do, as the author of Saddharma-pundarika-sutra tells
us, who, being forgetful of his rich inheritance, leaves his home and
leads a life of hand-to-mouth as a coolie. How miserable it is to
see one, having no faith in his noble endowment, burying the precious
gem of Buddha-nature into the foul rubbish of vices and crimes,
wasting his excellent genius in the exertion that is sure to disgrace
his name, falling a prey to bitter remorse and doubt, and casting
himself away into the jaw of perdition. Shakya Muni, full of
fatherly love towards all beings, looked with compassion on us, his
prodigal son, and used every means to restore the half-starved man to
his home. It was for this that he left the palace and the beloved
wife and son, practised his self-mortification and prolonged
Meditation, attained to Enlightenment, and preached Dharma for
forty-nine years; in other words, all his strength and effort were
focussed on that single aim, which was to bring the prodigal son to
his rich mansion of Buddha-nature. He taught not only by words, but
by his own actual example, that man has Buddha-nature, by the
unfoldment of which he can save himself from the miseries of life and
death, and bring himself to a higher realm than gods. When we are
Enlightened, or when Universal Spirit awakens within us, we open the
inexhaustible store of virtues and excellencies, and can freely make
use of them at our will.


See 'Sacred Books of the East,' vol. xxi., chap. iv., pp.
98-118.






Next: The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman

Previous: The Parable Of A Drunkard



Add to del.icio.us Add to Reddit Add to Digg Add to Del.icio.us Add to Google Add to Twitter Add to Stumble Upon
Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
SHAREADD TO EBOOK


Viewed 1351