An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (Rider Pocket Editions)

Language: English

Pages: 136

ISBN: 0091511216

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This is not naturalism. Here is an effort to do the right thing. A distinguished teacher was once asked, “Do you ever make any effort to get disciplined in the truth?” “Yes, I do.” “How do you exercise yourself?” “When I am hungry I eat; when tired I sleep.” “This is what everybody does; can they be said to be exercising themselves in the same way as you do?” “No.” “Why not?” “Because when they eat they do not eat, but are thinking of various other things, thereby allowing themselves to

came Hakuin entered the master’s room and exhausted all his ingenuity in contest with him, making up his mind this time not to give up an inch of ground. The master was furious, and finally taking hold of Hakuin gave him several slaps and pushed him off the porch. He fell several feet to the foot of a stone wall, where he remained for a while almost senseless. The master looked down at him and laughed heartily; this brought Hakuin back to consciousness, and when he came back to the master he was

forty years in Nang-yang and never showed himself out in the city. But his holy life became known far and near, and at the earnest request of the Emperor he finally left his hut. Yisan (Kuei-shan) spent several years in the wilderness, living on nuts and befriending monkeys and deer. He was found out, however, and great monasteries were built about his anchorage, and he became the master of one thousand and five hundred monks. Kwanzan, the founder of the great Myoshinji in Kyoto, lived at first a

vollkommen Leben. Published by H. Buttner, 1907. 14Meister Eckehart’s Schriften und Predigten. Published by H. Buttner, 1912. 15There is a similar image in Zen: when a master was asked of what Buddhahood consisted, he answered, “The bottom of a pitcher is broken through.” (Suzuki: Essays in Zen Buddhism, I, p. 217.) Another analogy is the “bursting open of the sack”. (Suzuki: Essays in Zen Buddhism, II, p. 100.) 16Cf. Suzuki: Essays in Zen Buddhism, I, pp. 220, 241. Zen signifies a glimpse

up to the study of my other works, the object is attained. No claim is made here for a scholarly treatment of the subject matter. The companion book, Manual of Zen Buddhism, is recommended to be used with this Introduction. D. T. S. Kamakura, August 1934 FOREWORD by Dr. C. G. Jung DAISETZ TEITARO SUZUKI’S works on Zen Buddhism are among the best contributions to the knowledge of living Buddhism that recent decades have produced, and Zen itself is the most important fruit that has

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