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The Social State Of Japan When Zen Was Established By Ei-sai And Do-gen
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Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
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The Mystery Of Life
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Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
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A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
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Poetical Intuition And Zen
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Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
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Buddha Is Unnamable
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The Five Ranks Of Merit
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The Great Person And Small Person
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The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
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Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law
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Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
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The Parable Of The Robber Kih
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Where Then Does The Error Lie?
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Man Is Both Good-natured And Bad-natured According To Yan Hiung Yo-yu
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The Second And The Third Patriarchs
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Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

The Next Step In The Mental Training
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There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...




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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