Xlf.ca Home Samurai Code of Honor Courage Samuri Religion - History of Buddism

Buddhism

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

Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enl...

Enlightenment Implies An Insight Into The Nature Of Self
We cannot pass over, however, this weighty problem without sa...

Poetical Intuition And Zen
Since Universal Life or Spirit permeates the universe, the po...

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

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

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

There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of p...

The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
This school was started by Tsing-Yuen (Sei-gen), an emine...

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

The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
In the meantime seekers after a new truth gradually began to ...

Great Men And Nature
All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religio...

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

Where Then Does The Error Lie?
Where, then, does the error lie in the four possible proposit...

Zen After The Restoration
After the Restoration of the Mei-ji (1867) the popularity of ...

The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...

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

An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
To get Enlightened we must next dispel an illusion respecting...

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

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




The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon








The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,
3,000 in number, or rather countless, and also of
Bodhisattvas no less than Buddhas. Nowadays, however, in every
church of Mahayanism one Buddha or another together with some
Bodhisattvas reigns supreme as the sole object of worship, while
other supernatural beings sink in oblivion. These Enlightened
Beings, regardless of their positions in the pantheon, were generally
regarded as persons who in their past lives cultivated virtues,
underwent austerities, and various sorts of penance, and at length
attained to a complete Enlightenment, by virtue of which they secured
not only peace and eternal bliss, but acquired divers supernatural
powers, such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, all-knowledge, and what
not. Therefore, it is natural that some Mahayanists came to
believe that, if they should go through the same course of discipline
and study, they could attain to the same Enlightenment and Bliss, or
the same Buddhahood, while other Mahayanists came to believe
in the doctrine that the believer is saved and led up to the eternal
state of bliss, without undergoing these hard disciplines, by the
power of a Buddha known as having boundless mercy and fathomless
wisdom whom he invokes.


Trikalpa-trisahasra-buddhanrama-sutra gives the names of
3,000 Buddhas, and Buddhabhisita-buddhanama-sutra enumerates Buddhas
and Bodhisattvas 11,093 in number. See Nanjo's Catalogue, Nos. 404,
405, 406, 407.

Those who believe in the doctrine of Holy Path. See 'A
History of the Twelve Japanese Buddhist Sects,' pp. 109-111.

Those who believe in the doctrine of the Pure Land.






Next: Zen Is Iconoclastic

Previous: The Sermon Of The Inanimate



Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
ADD TO EBOOK


Viewed 1930