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Zen And Nirvana
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The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
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Three Important Elements Of Zen
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Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
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The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
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Sutras Used By Zen Masters
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Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
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Zen In The Dark Age
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Buddha-nature Is The Common Source Of Morals
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Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
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Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
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Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
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Everything Is Living According To Zen
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The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
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The Third Step In The Mental Training
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The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
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Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
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The Next Step In The Mental Training
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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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