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

The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
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Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
As we have seen above, the Sixth Patriarch was a great genius...

The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
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Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

The Honest Poverty Of The Zen Monk And The Samurai
Secondly, the so-called honest poverty is a characteristic of...

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

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

The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
The Lin Tsi school was started by Nan Yoh, a prominent d...

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

Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law
For details, see Chwen Tang Luh and Den Ka Roku, by Kei Z...

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

The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...

Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms an...

The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
Occidental minds believe in a mysterious entity under the nam...

Epicureanism And Life
There are a good many people always buoyant in spirit and mir...

Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...

Real Self
If there be no individual soul either in mind or body, where ...

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

Personalism Of B P Bowne
B. P. Bowne says: They (phenomena) are not phantoms or illus...




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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