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

The Parable Of A Drunkard
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Man Is Both Good-natured And Bad-natured According To Yan Hiung
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Epicureanism And Life
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The Law Of Balance In Life
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Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
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Sutras Used By Zen Masters
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Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
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Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
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Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
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A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
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The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
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Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
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The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
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The Beatitude Of Zen
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Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
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Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
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Poetical Intuition And Zen
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The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
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Zen Is Not Nihilistic
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Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final








Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been completely and
exhaustively revealed in our Enlightened Consciousness? To this
question we should answer negatively, for, so far as our limited
experience is concerned, Universal Spirit reveals itself as a Being
with profound wisdom and boundless mercy; this, nevertheless, does
not imply that the conception is the only possible and complete one.
We should always bear in mind that the world is alive, and changing,
and moving. It goes on to disclose a new phase, or to add a new
truth. The subtlest logic of old is a mere quibble of nowadays. The
miracles of yesterday are the commonplaces of to-day. Now theories
are formed, new discoveries are made, only to give their places to
newer theories are discoveries. New ideals realized or new desires
satisfied are sure to awaken newer and stronger desires. Not an
instant life remains immutable, but it rushes on, amplifying and
enriching itself from the dawn of time to the end of eternity.

Therefore Universal Life may in the future possibly unfold its new
spiritual content, yet unknown to us because it has refined, lifted
up, and developed living beings from the amba to man, increasing the
intelligence and range of individuals, until highly civilized man
emerge into the plane of consciousness-consciousness of divine light
in him. Thus to believe in Buddha is to be content and thankful for
the grace of His, and to hope for the infinite unfoldment of His
glories in man.






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