By Dwight Goddard
An creation to Zen Buddhism.
Published by way of Beacon Press, fifth printing, 1996.
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And whenever, whilst wisely investigating, examining and thinking over the law, his energy is firm and unshaken— at such a time he has gained and is developing the Element of En lightenment Energy; and thus the element of enlightenment reaches fullest perfection. 4. And whenever in him, whilst firm in energy, arises supersensuous rapture at such a time he has gained and is devel oping the Element of Enlightenment Rapture; and thus this element of enlightenment reaches fullest perfection. 5. And whenever, whilst enraptured in mind, his body and mind becomes tranquil at such a time he has gained and is developing the Element of Enlightenment Tranquillity; and thus this element of enlightenment reaches fullest perfection.
Whenever the disciple is dwelling in contemplation on the body, feelings, mind and phenomena, strenuous, clearly con scious, attentive, after subduing worldly greed and grief—at such a time his attentiveness is undisturbed; and whenever his attentiveness is present and undisturbed, at such a time he has gained and is developing the Element of Enlightenment Atten tiveness; and thus this element of enlightenment reaches fullest perfection. 2. And whenever, whilst dwelling with attentive mind, he wisely investigates, examines and thinks over the Law (dhamma)— at such a time he has gained and is developing the Ele ment of Enlightenment Investigation of the Law; and thus this element of enlightenment reaches fullest perfection.
And did the thought never come to you, that you also are subject to death, that you cannot escape it? 14 (1) ) Inconceivable is the beginning of this Samsara, not to be discovered a first beginning of beings, who, obstructed by ignorance and ensnared by craving, are hurrying and hastening through this round of rebirths. 14 (2) ) Which do you think is more: the flood of tears, which weeping and wailing you have shed upon this long way —hurrying and hastening through this round of rebirths, united to the undesired, separated from the desired—this or the waters of the four oceans?
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