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The Third Step In The Mental Training
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The Parable Of The Robber Kih
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Buddha The Universal Life
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Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
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The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
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The First Step In The Mental Training
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Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
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A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The holy writ that Zen masters admire is not one of parchment...

The Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...

Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
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An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
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The Second And The Third Patriarchs
After the death of the First Patriarch, in A.D. 528, Hwui Ko ...

The Parable Of A Drunkard
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The Law Of Balance








Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts things
ever in pairs, and leaves nothing in isolation. Positives
stand in opposition to negatives, actives to passives, males to
females, and so on. Thus we get the ebb in opposition to the flood
tide; the centrifugal force to the centripetal; attraction to
repulsion; growth to decay; toxin to antitoxin; light to shade;
action to reaction; unity to variety; day to night; the animate to
the inanimate. Look at our own bodies: the right eye is placed side
by side with the left; the left shoulder with the right; the right
lung with the left; the left hemisphere of the brain with that of the
right; and so forth.


Zenists call them 'pairs of opposites.'


It holds good also in human affairs: advantage is always accompanied
by disadvantage; loss by gain; convenience by inconvenience; good by
evil; rise by fall; prosperity by adversity; virtue by vice; beauty
by deformity; pain by pleasure; youth by old age; life by death. 'A
handsome young lady of quality,' a parable in Mahaparinirvana-sutra
tells us, 'who carries with her an immense treasure is ever
accompanied by her sister, an ugly woman in rags, who destroys
everything within her reach. If we win the former, we must also get
the latter.' As pessimists show intense dislike towards the latter
and forget the former, so optimists admire the former so much that
they are indifferent to the latter.






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