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

The Progress And Hope Of Life
How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life...

Enlightened Consciousness
In addition to these considerations, which mainly depend on i...

Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga[FN#250] claims that various supernatural powers can be a...

Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
On the following morning the news of what had happened during...

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

The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
This is not only the case with a robber or a murderer, but al...

Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...

Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He i...

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

Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...

The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
The confused or unenlightened may be compared with a monk and...

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

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

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

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

Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the To...

The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
Occidental minds believe in a mysterious entity under the nam...

Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
Then a question suggests itself: If there be no soul that su...

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




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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