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Samuri Religion - History of Buddism
The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
Some time after this the Sixth Patriarch settled himself down...
Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms an...
The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supr...
The Parable Of A Drunkard
Now the question arises, If all human beings are endowed with...
The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
Having set ourselves free from the misconception of Self, nex...
The Eternal Life As Taught By Professor Munsterberg
Some philosophical pessimists undervalue life simply because ...
The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
[FN#75] This school was started by Tsing-Yuen (Sei-gen)...
If there be no individual soul either in mind or body, where ...
The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...
The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
Breathing exercise is one of the practices of Yoga, and somew...
Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He i...
Zen After The Restoration
After the Restoration of the Mei-ji (1867) the popularity of ...
The Betterment Of Life
Again, people nowadays seem to feel keenly the wound of the ...
The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
This is not only the case with a robber or a murderer, but al...
Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
No sooner had Bodhidharma landed at Kwang Cheu in Southern Ch...
The Law Of Balance In Life
It is also the case with human affairs. Social positions hig...
Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...
The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
The belief in immortality is based on the strong instinct of ...
The Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...
The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
[FN#67] The Lin Tsi school was started by Nan Yoh, a pr...
Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, seem to
have taken so keen an interest in the study of human nature that they
proposed all the possible opinions respecting the subject in
question-namely, (1) man is good-natured; (2) man is bad-natured; (3)
man is good-natured and bad-natured as well; (4) man is neither
good-natured nor bad-natured. The first of these opinions was
proposed by a most reputed Confucianist scholar, Mencius, and his
followers, and is still adhered to by the majority of the Japanese
and the Chinese Confucianists. Mencius thought it as natural for man
to do good as it is for the grass to be green. 'Suppose a person has
happened,' he would say, 'to find a child on the point of tumbling
down into a deep well. He would rescue it even at the risk of his
life, no matter how morally degenerated he might be. He would have
no time to consider that his act might bring him some reward from its
parents, or a good reputation among his friends and fellow-citizens.
He would do it barely out of his inborn good-nature.' After
enumerating some instances similar to this one, Mencius concludes
that goodness is the fundamental nature of man, even if he is often
carried away by his brutal disposition.
[FN#161] Mencius (372-282 B.C.) is regarded as the beat expounder of
the doctrine of Confucius. There exists a well-known work of his,
entitled after his own name. See 'A History of Chinese Philosophy,'
by R. Endo, and also 'A History of Chinese Philosophy' (pp. 38-50),
by G. Nakauchi.
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