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Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
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Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
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Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
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The Fourth Patriarch And The Emperor Tai Tsung Tai-so
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The Great Person And Small Person
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The Five Ranks Of Merit
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Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law
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Everything Is Living According To Zen
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The First Step In The Mental Training
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Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
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The Beatitude Of Zen
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The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
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Calmness Of Mind
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The Law Of Balance
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Pessimistic View Of The Ancient Hindus
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The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
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The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
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The Courage And The Composure Of Mind Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
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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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