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Pessimistic View Of The Ancient Hindus
In addition to this, the new theory of matter has entirely ov...

Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...

The Courage And The Composure Of Mind Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Fourthly, our Samurai encountered death, as is well known, wi...

The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
Breathing exercise is one of the practices of Yoga, and somew...

Man Is Bad-natured According To Siun Tsz
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The Third Step In The Mental Training
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Origin Of Zen In India
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Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
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Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
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Man Is Both Good-natured And Bad-natured According To Yan Hiung
According to Yang Hiung and his followers, good is no less re...

Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
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Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
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Buddha The Universal Life
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The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
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No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
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Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
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Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
How, then, did philosophers come to consider reality to be un...

True Dhyana
To sit in Meditation is not the only method of practising Zaz...

The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
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Zen In The Dark Age
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Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease

In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, in so
far as it does not assume that to to be known is identical with to
be, in so far as it does not assert that the phenomenal universe is a
dream and a vision, we may admit it as true. On the one hand, it
serves us as a purifier of our hearts polluted with materialistic
desires, and uplifts us above the plain of sensualism; on the other
hand, it destroys superstitions which as a rule arise from ignorance
and want of the idealistic conception of things.
It is a lamentable fact that every country is full of such
superstitions people as described by one of the New Thought writers:
'Tens of thousands of women in this country believe that if two
people look in a mirror at the same time, or if one thanks the other
for a pin, or if one gives a knife or a sharp instrument to a friend,
it will break up friendship. If a young lady is presented with a
thimble, she will be an old maid. Some people think that after
leaving a house it is unlucky to go back after any article which has
been forgotten, and, if one is obliged to do so, one should sit down
in a chair before going out again; that if a broom touches a person
while someone is sweeping, bad luck will follow; and that it is
unlucky to change one's place at a table. A man took an opal to a
New York jeweller and asked him to buy it. He said that it had
brought him nothing but bad luck, that since it had come into his
possession he had failed in business, that there bad been much
sickness in his family, and all sorts of misfortune had befallen him.
He refused to keep the cursed thing any longer. The jeweller
examined the stone, and found that it was not an opal after all, but
an imitation.'

Idealism is a most potent medicine for these self-created mental
diseases. It will successfully drive away devils and spirits that
frequent ignorant minds, just as Jesus did in the old days. Zen
makes use of moral idealism to extirpate, root and branch, all such
idle dreams and phantasmagoria of illusion and opens the way to

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