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Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He i...

Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...

Buddha Is Unnamable
Give a definite name to Deity, He would be no more than what ...

A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The holy writ that Zen masters admire is not one of parchment...

Zen And Idealism
Next Zen makes use of Idealism as explained by the Dharmalaks...

Enlightened Consciousness
In addition to these considerations, which mainly depend on i...

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

Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...

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

The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
Let us point out in brief the similarities between Zen and Ja...

The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
Having set ourselves free from the misconception of Self, nex...

Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga claims that various supernatural powers can be acquired ...

Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been complet...

The Social State Of Japan When Zen Was Established By Ei-sai And Do-gen
Now we have to observe the condition of the country when Zen ...

The Fourth Patriarch And The Emperor Tai Tsung Tai-so
The Third Patriarch was succeeded by Tao Sin (Do-shin), who ...

Buddha The Universal Life
Zen conceives Buddha as a Being, who moves, stirs, inspires, ...

Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms an...

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

Epicureanism And Life
There are a good many people always buoyant in spirit and mir...

Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
Enlightened Consciousness is not a bare intellectual insight,...




The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman








The confused or unenlightened may be compared with a monk and a
stupid woman in a Japanese parable which runs as follows: "One
evening a monk (who was used to have his head shaved clean), getting
drunk against the moral precepts, visited a woman, known as a
blockhead, at her house. No sooner had he got into her room than the
female fell asleep so soundly that the monk could not wake her nap.
Thereupon he made up his mind to use every possible means to arouse
her, and searched and searched all over the room for some instrument
that would help him in his task of arousing her from death-like
slumber. Fortunately, he found a razor in one of the drawers of her
mirror stand. With it he gave a stroke to her hair, but she did not
stir a whit. Then came another stroke, and she snored like thunder.
The third and fourth strokes came, but with no better result. And at
last her head was shaven clean, yet still she slept on. The next
morning when she awoke, she could not find her visitor, the monk, as
he had left the house in the previous night. 'Where is my visitor,
where my dear monk?' she called aloud, and waking in a state of
somnambulation looked for him in vain, repeating the outcry. When at
length her hand accidentally touched her shaven head, she mistook it
for that of her visitor, and exclaimed: 'Here you are, my dear, where
am I myself gone then?" A great trouble with the confused is their
forgetting of real self or Buddha-nature, and not knowing 'where it
is gone.' Duke Ngai, of the State of Lu, once said to Confucius:
"One of my subjects, Sir, is so much forgetful that he forgot to take
his wife when be changed his residence." "That is not much, my
lord," said the sage, "the Emperors Kieh and Cheu
forgot their own selves."


The last Emperor of the Ha dynasty, notorious for his
vices. His reign was 1818-1767 B.C.

The last Emperor of the Yin dynasty, one of the worst
despots. His reign was 1154-1122 B.C.

Ko-shi-ke-go.






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