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

Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...

The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...

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

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
Similarly, it is the case with religion and morality. If we ...

Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, ...

Zen After The Downfall Of The Ho-jo Regency
Towards the end of the Ho-Jo period, and after the downfall o...

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

The Courage And The Composure Of Mind Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Fourthly, our Samurai encountered death, as is well known, wi...

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

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

Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, see...

An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
To get Enlightened we must next dispel an illusion respecting...

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

Hinayanism And Its Doctrine
The doctrine of Transience was the first entrance gate of Hin...

Great Men And Nature
All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religio...

Man Is Neither Good-natured Nor Bad-natured According To Su Shi
(So-shoku). The difficulty may be avoided by a theory given ...

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

The Law Of Balance In Life
It is also the case with human affairs. Social positions hig...




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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