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

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

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

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

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

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

There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...

Where Then Does The Error Lie?
Where, then, does the error lie in the four possible proposit...

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

Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...

The Mystery Of Life
Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in l...

Life And Change
Transformation and change are the essential features of life;...

The Second And The Third Patriarchs
After the death of the First Patriarch, in A.D. 528, Hwui Ko ...

Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...

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

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

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

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

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

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




Universal Life Is Universal Spirit








These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal Life is
not a blind vital force, but Creative Spirit, or Mind, or
Consciousness, which unfolds itself in myriads of ways. Everything
in the universe, according to Zen, lives and acts, and at the same
time discloses its spirit. To be alive is identically the same as to
be spiritual. As the poet has his song, so does the nightingale, so
does the cricket, so does the rivulet. As we are pleased or
offended, so are horses, so are dogs, so are sparrows, ants,
earthworms, and mushrooms. Simpler the body, simpler its spirit;
more complicated the body, more complicated its spirit. 'Mind
slumbers in the pebble, dreams in the plant, gathers energy in the
animal, and awakens to self-conscious discovery in the soul of man.'

It is this Creative, Universal Spirit that sends forth Aurora to
illuminate the sky, that makes Diana shed her benign rays and Ĉolus
play on his harp, wreathes spring with flowers, that clothes autumn
with gold, that induces plants to put forth blossoms, that incites
animals to be energetic, and that awakens consciousness in man. The
author of Mahavaipulya-purnabuddha-sutra expressly states our idea
when he says: "Mountains, rivers, skies, the earth: all these are
embraced in the True Spirit, enlightened and mysterious." Rin-zai
also says: "Spirit is formless, but it penetrates through the world
in the ten directions." The Sixth Patriarch expresses the
same idea more explicitly: "What creates the phenomena is Mind; what
transcends all the phenomena is Buddha."


Rin-zai-roku.

Roku-so-dan-kyo.






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