Buddhism Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the To...
The Second And The Third Patriarchs
After the death of the First Patriarch, in A.D. 528, Hwui Ko ...
Buddha The Universal Life
Zen conceives Buddha as a Being, who moves, stirs, inspires,
The World Is In The Making
Our assertion is far from assuming that life is now complete,...
The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
Let us point out in brief the similarities between Zen and Ja...
Zen Is Not Nihilistic
Zen judged from ancient Zen masters' aphorisms may seem, at t...
The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a Chinese...
The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
The confused or unenlightened may be compared with a monk and...
Life And Change
A peculiar phase of life is change which appears in the form ...
The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,...
The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...
The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
Tao Sin transmitted the Law to Hung Jan (Ko-nin), who being e...
An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
To get Enlightened we must next dispel an illusion respecting...
All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
We are to resume this problem in the following chapter. Suff...
Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, see...
Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...
Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been complet...
Buddha-nature Is The Common Source Of Morals
Furthermore, Buddha-nature or real self, being the seat of lo...
Personalism Of B P Bowne
B. P. Bowne says: They (phenomena) are not phantoms or
Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...
The Buddha Of Mercy
"Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt;
Surprised by unjust force, but not enthralled.
But evil on itself shall back recoil,
And mix no more with goodness. If this fail,
The pillared firmament is rottenness,
And earth's base built on stubble."
The world is built on the foundation of morality, which is another
name for Universal Spirit, and moral order sustains it. We human
beings, consciously or unconsciously, were, are, and will be at work
to bring the world into perfection. This idea is allegorically
expressed in the Buddhist sutra, which details the advent of
a merciful Buddha named Maitreya in the remote future. At that time,
it says, there will be no steep hills, no filthy places, no epidemic,
no famine, no earthquake, no storm, no war, no revolution, no
bloodshed, no cruelty, and no suffering; the roads will be paved
smoothly, grass and trees always blooming, birds ever singing, men
contented and happy; all sentient beings will worship the Buddha of
Mercy, accept His doctrine, and attain to Enlightenment. This
prophecy will be fulfilled, according to the sutra, 5,670,000,000
years after the death of Shakya Muni. This evidently shows us that
the Mahayanist's aim of life is to bring out man's inborn light of
Buddha-nature to illumine the world, to realize the universal
brotherhood of all sentient beings, to attain to Enlightenment, and
to enjoy peace and joy to which Universal Spirit leads us.
See Nanjo's Catalogue, Nos. 204-209.
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