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Poetical Intuition And Zen
Since Universal Life or Spirit permeates the universe, the po...

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

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

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

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

Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
An epoch-making event took place in the Buddhist history of C...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of p...

The Betterment Of Life
Again, people nowadays seem to feel keenly the wound of the ...

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

Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the To...

Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
Then a question suggests itself: If there be no soul that sur...

The Parable Of The Robber Kih
Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the followin...

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

Life And Change
A peculiar phase of life is change which appears in the form ...

The Buddha Of Mercy
Milton says: "Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt; Sur...

The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
Having set ourselves free from the misconception of Self, nex...

Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enl...

The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Thirdly, both the Zen monk and the Samurai were distinguished...

Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...

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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