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

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

The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...

The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...

The Mystery Of Life
Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in l...

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

Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life...

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

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

Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, ...

Where Then Does The Error Lie?
Where, then, does the error lie in the four possible proposit...

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...

Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga claims that various supernatural powers can be acquired ...

Wang Yang Ming O-yo-mei And A Thief
One evening when Wang was giving a lecture to a number of stu...

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

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

Decline Of Zen
The blooming prosperity of Zen was over towards the end of th...

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

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

The Courage And The Composure Of Mind Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Fourthly, our Samurai encountered death, as is well known, wi...




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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