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The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...

The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
After the death of the Fifth Patriarch the venerable Shang Si...

The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
This is not only the case with a robber or a murderer, but al...

The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
Some time after this the Sixth Patriarch settled himself down...

The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a Chinese...

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

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

Sutras Used By Zen Masters
Ten Dai failed to explain away the discrepancies and contradi...

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

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

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

Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, see...

The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supr...

Universal Life Is Universal Spirit
These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal ...

Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...

The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
A grain of sand you, trample upon has a deeper significance t...

The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
Breathing exercise is one of the practices of Yoga, and somew...

The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
The confused or unenlightened may be compared with a monk and...

The Application Of The Law Of Causation To Morals
Although it may be needless to state here the law of causatio...

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




Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self








Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, the root
of all Sin, folly, vice, and evil, since it enables us to see that
every being is endowed with divine spirituality in common with men.
It is selfishness that throws dark shadows on life, just as it is not
the sun but the body that throws shadow before it. It is the
self-same selfishness that gave rise to the belief in the immortality
of soul, in spite of its irrationality, foolishness, and
superstition. Individual self should be a poor miserable thing if it
were not essentially connected with the Universal Life. We can
always enjoy pure happiness when we are united with nature, quite
forgetful of our poor self. When you look, for example, into the
smiling face of a pretty baby, and smile with it, or listen to the
sweet melody of a songster and sing with it, you completely forget
your poor self at that enraptured moment. But your feelings of
beauty and happiness are for ever gone when you resume your self, and
begin to consider them after your own selfish ideas. To forget self
and identify it with nature is to break down its limitation and to
set it at liberty. To break down petty selfishness and extend it
into Universal Self is to unfetter and deliver it from bondage. It
therefore follows that salvation can be secured not by the
continuation of individuality in another life, but by the realization
of one's union with Universal Life, which is immortal, free,
limitless, eternal, and bliss itself. This is easily effected by
Zazen.






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