Buddhism The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or
The Mystery Of Life
Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in l...
Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
Habit comes out of practice, and forms character by degrees, ...
Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
In the foregoing chapters we have had several occasions to re...
Bodhidharma And His Successor The Second Patriarch
China was not, however, an uncultivated land for the seed of
The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
The Lin Tsi school was started by Nan Yoh, a prominent
Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...
Three Important Elements Of Zen
To understand how Zen developed during some four hundred year...
The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
The belief in immortality is based on the strong instinct of
The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
Philosophical pessimists maintain that there are on earth
The Parable Of The Robber Kih
Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the followin...
The Beatitude Of Zen
We are far from denying, as already shown in the foregoing ch...
The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
An eminent Chinese Buddhist scholar, well known as Ten Dai Da...
The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
Breathing exercise is one of the practices of Yoga, and somew...
The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a Chinese...
Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, see...
Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...
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 Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Thirdly, both the Zen monk and the Samurai were distinguished...
The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests itself as
mechanical force or chemical affinity in the inorganic nature,
unfolds itself as the desire of the preservation of species in the
vegetables and animals. See how vegetables fertilize themselves in a
complicated way, and how they spread their seeds far and wide in a
most mysterious manner. A far more developed form of the same desire
is seen in the sexual attachment and parental love of animals. Who
does not know that even the smallest birds defend their young against
every enemy with self -sacrificing courage, and that they bring food
whilst they themselves often starve and grow lean? In human beings
we can observe the various transformations of the self-same desire.
For instance, sorrow or despair is experienced when it is impossible;
anger, when it is hindered by others; joy, when it is fulfilled;
fear, when it is threatened; pleasure, when it is facilitated.
Although it manifests itself as the sexual attachment and parental
love in lower animals, yet its developed forms, such as sympathy,
loyalty, benevolence, mercy, humanity, are observed in human beings.
Again, the creative force in inorganic nature, in order to assert
itself and act more effectively, creates the germ of organic nature,
and gradually ascending the scale of evolution, develops the sense
organs and the nervous system; hence intellectual powers, such as
sensation, perception, imagination, memory, unfold themselves. Thus
the creative force, exerting itself gradually, widens its sphere of
action, and necessitates the union of individuals into families,
clans, tribes, communities, and nations. For the sake of this union
and co-operation they established customs, enacted laws, and
instituted political and educational systems. Furthermore, to
reinforce itself, it gave birth to languages and sciences; and to
enrich itself, morality and religion.
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