Buddhism A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The holy writ that Zen masters admire is not one of parchment...
Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...
Zen After The Restoration
After the Restoration of the Mei-ji (1867) the popularity of ...
The Four Alternatives And The Five Categories
There are, according to Zen, the four classes of religious an...
The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Thirdly, both the Zen monk and the Samurai were distinguished...
The Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...
The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...
The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or
The Progress And Hope Of Life
How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life...
The Social State Of Japan When Zen Was Established By Ei-sai And Do-gen
Now we have to observe the condition of the country when Zen ...
The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
Some time after this the Sixth Patriarch settled himself down...
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...
The Fourth Patriarch And The Emperor Tai Tsung Tai-so
The Third Patriarch was succeeded by Tao Sin (Do-shin), who
Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...
Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law
For details, see Chwen Tang Luh and Den Ka Roku, by Kei Z...
Buddha Is Unnamable
Give a definite name to Deity, He would be no more than what ...
Pessimistic View Of The Ancient Hindus
In addition to this, the new theory of matter has entirely ov...
Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga claims that various supernatural powers can be acquired
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 Monk And The Stupid Woman
The confused or unenlightened may be compared with a monk and...
The World Is In The Making
Our assertion is far from assuming that life is now complete, and is
in its best state. On the contrary, it is full of defects and
shortcomings. We must not be puffed up with modern civilization,
however great victory it has scored for its side. Beyond all doubt
man is still in his cradle. He often stretches forth his hands to
get at his higher ideal, yet is still satisfied with worthless
playthings. It is too glaring a fact to be overlooked by us that
faith in religion is dying out in the educated circles of society,
that insincerity, cowardice, and double-tongue are found holding high
positions in almost ever community, that Lucrese and Ezzeling are
looking down upon the starving multitude from their luxurious palace,
that Mammon and Bacchus are sometimes preying on their living
victims, that even religion often sides with Contention and piety
takes part in Cruelty, that Anarchy is ever ready to spring on the
crowned beings, that philosophy is disposed to turn the deaf ear to
the petition of peace, while science provides fuel for the fire of
Was the golden age of man, then, over in the remote past? Is the
doomsday coming instead? Do you bear the trumpet call? Do you feel
the earth tremble? No, absolutely no, the golden age is not passed.
It is yet to come. There are not a few who think that the world is
in completion, and the Creator has finished His work. We witness,
however, that He is still working and working, for actually we hear
His hammer-strokes resounding through heaven above and earth beneath.
Does He not show us new materials for His building? Does He not
give new forms to His design? Does He not surprise us with
novelties, extraordinaries, and mysteries? In a word, the world is
in progress, not in retrogression.
A stream does not run in a straight line. It now turns to the right,
now to the left, now leaps down a precipice, now waters rich fields,
now runs back towards its source; but it is destined to find its
outlet in the ocean. So it is with the stream of life. It now leaps
down the precipice of revolution. Now it enriches the fertile field
of civilization. Now it expands itself into a glassy lake of peace.
Now it forms the dangerous whirlpool of strife. But its course is
always toward the ocean of Enlightenment, in which the gems of
equality and freedom, jewels of truth and beauty, and treasures of
wisdom and bliss can be had.
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