Of The Tang Dynasty

Ma-tsu (Baso) whose posthumous title was the Zen Master of Great Quietude (ta-chi) was to be properly called Tao-i (Doichi). His family name was Ma, from the district of Han-chou. His teaching which was originally propagated in the province of Chiang-hsi proved of great influence in the Buddhist world of the time, and he came to be generally known as Ma the Father, that, Ma-tsu. Historically, Zen Buddhism was introduced to China by an Indian monk called Bodhidharma during the South and North...

The Worshipping Of The Sarira

We prostrate ourselves in all humbleness before the holy Sarira representing the body of Sakyamuni, the Tathagata, who is perfectly endowed with all the virtues, who has the Dharmakaya as the ground of his being, and Dharmadhatu as the stupa dedicated to him. To him we pay our respect with due deference. Manifesting himself in a bodily form for our sakes, the Buddha enters into us and makes us enter into him. His power being added to us, we attain Enlightenment and again dependent on the...

Dharani Of The Victorious Buddhacrown

Adoration to the Blessed One who is the most excellent one in the triple world Adoration to the Enlightened One, to the Blessed One Om Cleanse us , cleanse us O one who is always impartial One who, being in possession of all-pervading, all-illuminating light, is pure in his self-nature, cleansed of the darkness of the five paths of existence Baptize us, O Sugata, with an immortal baptism which consists of the best words, of the great true phrases Remove disasters, remove disasters, O one who...

Vi

. The struggle is over the man is no more concerned with gain and loss. He hums a rustic tune of the woodman, he sings simple songs of the village-boy. Saddling himself on the ox's back, his eyes are fixed on things not of the earth, earthy. Even if he is called, he will not turn his head however enticed he will no more be kept back. Riding on the animal, he leisurely wends his way home Enveloped in the evening mist, how tunefully the flute vanishes away Singing a ditty, beating time, his heart...

Hakuins Song Of Meditation

Sentient beings are primarily all Buddhas Outside sentient beings, where do we find the Buddhas People seek it far away,--what a pity They are like him who, in the midst of water, The reason why we transmigrate through the six worlds Is because we are lost in the darkness of ignorance Going astray further and further in the darkness, When are we able to get away from birth-and-death As regards the Meditation practised in the Mahayana, We have no words to praise it fully The virtues of...

Yoka Daishis Song Of Enlightenment[1

Knowest thou that leisurely philosopher who has gone beyond learning and is not exerting himself in anything He neither endeavours to avoid idle thoughts nor seeks after the Truth For he knows that ignorance in reality is the Buddha-nature, And that this empty visionary body is no less than the Dharma-body. 2. When one knows what the Dharma-body is, there is not an object to be known as such , The source of all things, as far as its self-nature goes, is the Buddha in his absolute aspect The...

The Kongokyo Or Diamond Sutra[2

At one time the Buddha stayed at Anathapindaka's Garden in the grove of Jeta in the kingdom of Sravasti he was together with 1,250 great Bhikshus. When the meal time came the World-honoured One put on his cloak and, holding his bowl, entered the great city of Sravasti, where he begged for food. Having finished his begging from door to door, he came back to his own place, and took his meal. 1. Dharanindhara in Sanskrit, the supporter of the earth. 2 Kongokyo in Japanese. The full title in...

On Believing In Mind Shinjinnomei[2

The Perfect Way knows no difficulties Except that it refuses to make preferences Only when freed from hate and love, It reveals itself fully and without disguise 1. Since this translation from the Transmission of the Lamp, two Tun-huang MSS. containing the text have come to light. The one is in the Masters and Disciples of the Lanka (Leng-chia Shihtzu Chi), already published, and the other still in MS., which however the present author intends to have reproduced in facsimile before long. They...

Prayer On The Occasion Of Feeding The Hungry Ghosts

If one wishes to know all the Buddhas of the past, present, and future, one should contemplate the nature of this Dharmadhatu essentially as the creation of Absolute Mind. Adoration to the Buddhas in the ten quarters Adoration to the Dharma pervading the ten quarters Adoration to the Sangha in the ten quarters Adoration to Sakyamuni the Buddha who is our Master Adoration to Kwanzeon the Bodhisattva, who is the great compassionate and pitying one, ready to save beings from afflictions Adoration...

The Ryogonkyo Or Surangama Sutra[1

There are in the Chinese Tripitaka two sutras bearing the title. Surangama. but they are entirely different in contents. The first one was translated into Chinese by 1. Sutra of Heroic Deed. Kumarajiva between 402-412 and consists of two fascicles. The second one in ten fascicles was translated by Paramiti in 705. and this is the one used by the Zen and also by the Shingon. The reason why it is used by the Shingon is because it contains the description of a mandala and a mantram called...

The Yemmei Kwannon Tenclause Sutra[1

Adoration to Kwanzeon Adoration to the Buddha To the Buddha we are related In terms of cause and effect. Depending on the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, Nirvana is possible which is eternal, ever-blessed, autonomous, and free from defilements. Every morning our thoughts are on Kwanzeon, Every evening our thoughts are on Kwanzeon. Every thought is not separated from the Mind. 1. Yemmei means Prolonging life when one daily recites this short document in ten clauses relating to Kwannon,...