Manual of Zen Buddhism
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Here are the famous sutras, or sermons, of the Buddha; the gathas, or hymns; the intriguing philosophical puzzles known as koan; and the dharanis, or invocations to expel evil spirits. Included also are the recorded conversations of the great Buddhist monks - intimate dialogues on subjects of momentous importance. In addition to the written selections, all of them translated by Dr. Suzuki, there are reproductions of many Buddhist drawings and paintings, including religious statues found in Zen temples, each with an explanation of its significance, and the great series of allegorical paintings The Ten Ox Herding Pictures.
Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki (鈴木 大拙 貞太郎 Suzuki Daisetsu Teitarō, October 18, 1870 – July 12, 1966) was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. Suzuki was also a prolific translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit literature. Suzuki spent several lengthy stretches teaching or lecturing at Western universities, and devoted many years to a professorship at Otani University, a Japanese Buddhist school.
existence. When it is perceived that all form is no−form, the Tathagata is recognized." 6. Subhuti said to the Buddha: "World−honoured One, if beings hear such words and statements, would they have a true faith in them?" The Buddha said to Subhuti: "Do not talk that way. In the last five hundred years after the passing of the Tathagata, there may be beings who, having practised rules of morality and, being thus possessed of merit, happen to hear of these statements and rouse a true faith in
And again for many kalpas disciplined himself as an ascetic called Kshanti. [I have also] gone through many a birth and many a death; Births and deaths−how endlessly they recur! 22. But ever since my realization of No−birth, which quite abruptly came on me, Vicissitudes of fate, good and bad, have lost their power over me. Far away in the mountains I live in an humble hut; High are the mountains, thick the arboreous shades, and under an old pine−tree
circle being made the goal of Zen discipline. Some might take mere emptiness as all important and final. Hence his improvement resulting in the "Ten Oxherding Pictures" as we have them now. According to a commentator of Kaku−an's Pictures, there is another series of the Oxherding Pictures by a Zen master called jitoku Ki (Tzu−te Hui), who apparently knew of the existence of the Five Pictures by Seikyo, for jitoku's are six in number. The last one, No. 6, goes
transmigration and be born in the land of purity. We pray to all the Buddhas, all the Bodhisattva−Mahasattvas in the ten quarters, of the past, present, and future, and to Mahaprajna−paramita, that by virtue of this merit universally prevailing, not only we but all beings shall equally attain Buddhahood. [1. Namo 'mitabhaya tathagataya! Tadyatha, amritodbhave, amritasiddhe, (?)−bhave, amritavikrante, amrita−vikranta−gamine, gaganakirtikare! Svaha!
of much discussion among Buddhist scholars. 10. The allusion is of course to the Fourfold Noble Truth (satya ): 1. Life is suffering (duhkha); 2. Because of the accumulation (samudaya) of evil karma; 3. The cause of suffering can be annihilated (nirodha); 4. And for this there is the path ( marga). II. THE KWANNON SUTRA At that time Mujinni Bosatsu rose from his seat, and, baring his right shoulder, turned, with his hands folded, towards the Buddha, and