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Great Men And Nature
All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religio...

Zen And Idealism
Next Zen makes use of Idealism as explained by the Dharmalaks...

Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
[FN#263] A famous Zenist, Mu-go-koku-shi, is said to ha...

Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, ...

The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
Philosophical pessimists[FN#214] maintain that there are on e...

Three Important Elements Of Zen
To understand how Zen developed during some four hundred year...

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...

Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...

The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supr...

Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
Habit comes out of practice, and forms character by degrees, ...

Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
[FN#107] Zen is not based on any particular sutra, either of...

The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or ...

The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
After the death of the Fifth Patriarch the venerable Shang Si...

A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The holy writ that Zen masters admire is not one of parchment...

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...

Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enl...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...

The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...

Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...

Universal Life Is Universal Spirit
These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal ...




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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