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Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
No wonder, then, that the representatives of the Samurai clas...

The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
In the meantime seekers after a new truth gradually began to ...

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

There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of p...

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
Similarly, it is the case with religion and morality. If we ...

Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law[fn#31]
[FN#31] For details, see Chwen Tang Luh and Den Ka Roku, b...

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

The Parable Of The Robber Kih
Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the followi...

Life In The Concrete
Life in the concrete, which we are living, greatly differs fr...

Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...

The Mystery Of Life
Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in l...

Zen Is Not Nihilistic
Zen judged from ancient Zen masters' aphorisms may seem, at t...

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

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

Change As Seen By Zen
Zen, like Hinayanism, does not deny the doctrine of Transienc...

Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
How, then, did philosophers come to consider reality to be un...

The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
A grain of sand you, trample upon has a deeper significance t...

The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests its...

The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
Having set ourselves free from the misconception of Self, nex...




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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