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

The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or ...

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...

The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
Philosophical pessimists maintain that there are on earth ma...

The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
Some time after this the Sixth Patriarch settled himself down...

Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
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The Application Of The Law Of Causation To Morals
Although it may be needless to state here the law of causatio...

The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
A grain of sand you, trample upon has a deeper significance t...

Decline Of Zen
The blooming prosperity of Zen was over towards the end of th...

Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
On the following morning the news of what had happened during...

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

The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
This is not only the case with a robber or a murderer, but al...

The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
In the meantime seekers after a new truth gradually began to ...

The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
Tao Sin transmitted the Law to Hung Jan (Ko-nin), who being e...

Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...

Life And Change
A peculiar phase of life is change which appears in the form ...

The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Thirdly, both the Zen monk and the Samurai were distinguished...

Universal Life Is Universal Spirit
These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal ...

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

Wang Yang Ming O-yo-mei And A Thief
One evening when Wang was giving a lecture to a number of stu...




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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