Buddhism The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a Chinese...
Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...
Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
Similarly, it is the case with religion and morality. If we ...
Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
An epoch-making event took place in the Buddhist history of C...
Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
Enlightened Consciousness is not a bare intellectual insight,...
The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
Philosophical pessimists maintain that there are on earth
The Mystery Of Life
Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in l...
In addition to these considerations, which mainly depend on i...
The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
Having set ourselves free from the misconception of Self, nex...
Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
On the following morning the news of what had happened during...
Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
A famous Zenist, Mu-go-koku-shi, is said to have replied ...
Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...
Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life...
Enlightenment Implies An Insight Into The Nature Of Self
We cannot pass over, however, this weighty problem without sa...
Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the...
The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,...
The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
This school was started by Tsing-Yuen (Sei-gen), an emine...
Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the To...
A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The holy writ that Zen masters admire is not one of parchment...
Where Then Does The Error Lie?
Where, then, does the error lie in the four possible proposit...
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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