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An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
To get Enlightened we must next dispel an illusion respecting...

The Progress And Hope Of Life
How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life...

The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,...

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

Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...

Great Men And Nature
All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religio...

The World Is In The Making
Our assertion is far from assuming that life is now complete,...

Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
No wonder, then, that the representatives of the Samurai clas...

Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
A famous Zenist, Mu-go-koku-shi, is said to have replied ...

Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
Habit comes out of practice, and forms character by degrees, ...

Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the...

Nature Favours Nothing In Particular
There is another point of view of life, which gave the presen...

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

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

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

The Beatitude Of Zen
We are far from denying, as already shown in the foregoing ch...

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...

All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
We are to resume this problem in the following chapter. Suff...

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

Buddha The Universal Life
Zen conceives Buddha as a Being, who moves, stirs, inspires, ...




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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