Zen and Zen Classics, Vol. 4: Mumonkan by R.H. Blyth

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We are bound to circumstances and must follow them. ) . Compare this to what the elder Mr. Weller says in Pickwick Papers in regard to death being necessary for undertakers, an illustration of Emerson's doctrine of Compensation. Again, towards the beginning of the Song of Enlightenment we have: When Truth is realised, individual men and things cease (to appear as real entities) , And instantly our Hellish12 Karma is destroyed. Kato13 quotes GUbu's 14 question to Ch6sa Keishin15 concerning the statement of Y6ka Daishi.

The perfect manifestation, the command of truth. If, for a moment, you fall into relativity, You are a dead man ! Ju, �, means to praise, and is the metrical part of a sutra. This is usually taken as the. translation of the word gatha, written also 1Illlfe , or 1Illfl!! We have for example the most famous of all verses, the Gatha of three iundamental dogmas of Buddhism, fl� (�) �, that all is suffering, that suffering is intensified by desire, and that extinction of desire is practicable. It is placed in the foundations of pagodas, and the inside images of Buddha, and so is called the Dharma­ Itaya Gatha.

See Case XLI. Hyakujo's Fox 49 "Rabbi, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind? " This i s an interesting passage, for from i t w e see that the Jews in general, and the disciples in particular, were not so ignorant of the various theories and explanations of religious problems as people sometimes suppose. Again, in the Apocrypha, The Wisdom of Solomon a. " ChOsa's answer to his disciple is: Temporary existence is not (real) existence. Temporary destruction is not Mu.

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