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The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
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Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
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Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
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The Beatitude Of Zen
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The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
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The Great Person And Small Person
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Buddha The Universal Life
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Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
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The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
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Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
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Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
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Zen And Idealism
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Life And Change
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The Betterment Of Life
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The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
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The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
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The Parable Of The Robber Kih








Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the following
effect: "The followers of the great robber and murderer Kih asked him
saying: 'Has the robber also any moral principles in his
proceedings?' He replied: 'What profession is there which has not
its principles? That the robber comes to the conclusion without
mistake that there are valuable deposits in an apartment shows his
wisdom; that he is the first to enter it shows his bravery; that he
makes an equal division of the plunder shows his justice; that he
never betrays the fellow-robbers shows his faithfulness; and that he
is generous to the followers shows his benevolence. Without all
these five qualities no one in the world has ever attained to become
a great robber.'" The parable clearly shows us Buddha-nature of the
robber and murderer expresses itself as wisdom, bravery, justice,
faithfulness, and benevolence in his society, and that if he did the
same outside it, he would not be a great robber but a great sage.


The parable is told for the purpose of undervaluing
Confucian doctrine, but the author thereby accidentally touches human
nature. We do not quote it here with the same purpose as the
author's.






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