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The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
Thus far we have described the doctrine of Zen inculcated by ...

Change As Seen By Zen
Zen, like Hinayanism, does not deny the doctrine of Transienc...

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

Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

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

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

The Spiritual Attainment Of The Sixth Patriarch
Some time before his death (in 675 A.D.) the Fifth Patriarch ...

Man Is Bad-natured According To Siun Tsz Jun-shi
The weaknesses of Mencius's theory are fully exposed by anoth...

Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
How, then, did philosophers come to consider reality to be un...

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

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

All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
We are to resume this problem in the following chapter. Suff...

Buddha-nature Is The Common Source Of Morals
Furthermore, Buddha-nature or real self, being the seat of lo...

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

The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
There are, according to Zen, the four classes of religious an...

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

Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He i...

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

The Social State Of Japan When Zen Was Established By Ei-sai And Do-gen
Now we have to observe the condition of the country when Zen ...

Zen Is Not Nihilistic
Zen judged from ancient Zen masters' aphorisms may seem, at t...




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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