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Epicureanism And Life
There are a good many people always buoyant in spirit and mir...

The Sermon Of The Inanimate
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Poetical Intuition And Zen
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The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
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How To Worship Buddha
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An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
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The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
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The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
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The Progress And Hope Of Life
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Zen And Nirvana
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The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
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Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

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

The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
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Buddha-nature Is The Common Source Of Morals
Furthermore, Buddha-nature or real self, being the seat of lo...

No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
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The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
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Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
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Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
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The Next Step In The Mental Training
In the next place we have to strive to be the master of our b...




Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind








Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for its
possessor, not a relative knowledge of things as his intellect does,
but the profoundest insight in reference to universal brotherhood of
all beings, and enables him to understand the absolute holiness of
their nature, and the highest goal for which all of them are making.
Enlightened Consciousness once awakened within us serves as a guiding
principle, and leads us to hope, bliss, and life; consequently, it is
called the Master of both mind and body. Sometimes it is
called the Original Mind, as it is the mind of minds. It is
Buddha dwelling in individuals. You might call it God in man, if you
like. The following dialogues all point to this single idea:

On one occasion a butcher, who was used to kill one thousand sheep a
day, came to Gotama, and, throwing down his butcher-knife, said "I am
one of the thousand Buddhas." "Yes, really," replied Gotama. A
monk, Hwui Chao (E-cha) by name, asked Pao Yen (Ho-gen): "What is
Buddha?" "You are Hwui Chao," replied the master. The same question
was put to Sheu Shan (Shu-zan), Chi Man (Chi-mon), and Teu Tsz
(To-shi), the first of whom answered: "A bride mounts on a donkey and
her mother-in-law drives it;" and the second: "He goes barefooted,
his sandals being worn out;" while the third rose from his chair and
stood still without saying a word. Chwen Hih (Fu-kiu) explains this
point in unequivocal terms: "Night after night I sleep with Buddha,
and every morning I get up with Him. He accompanies me wherever I
go. When I stand or sit, when I speak or be mute, when I am out or
in, He never leaves me, even as a shadow accompanies body. Would you
know where He is? Listen to that voice and word."


It is often called the Lord or Master of mind.

Another name for Buddha is the Original Mind"
(Kechi-myaku-ron).

For such dialogues, see Sho-yo-roku, Mu-mon-kan,
Heki-gan-shu. Fu-kiu's words are repeatedly quoted by Zen masters.





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