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Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
In the foregoing chapters we have had several occasions to re...

Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
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Man Is Neither Good-natured Nor Bad-natured According To Su Shi
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Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
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No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
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The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
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Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...

Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
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There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of p...

The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supr...

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...

Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
Now let us examine where illusion lies hidden from the view o...

The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
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Universal Life Is Universal Spirit
These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal ...

The Parable Of The Robber Kih
Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the followin...

The Next Step In The Mental Training
In the next place we have to strive to be the master of our b...

Buddha The Universal Life
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The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,...

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

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




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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