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The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,...

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

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

How To Worship Buddha
The author of Vimalakirtti-nirdeca-sutra well explains our at...

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

The Fourth Patriarch And The Emperor Tai Tsung (tai-so)
The Third[FN#40] Patriarch was succeeded by Tao Sin (Do-shin)...

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

Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
In the foregoing chapters we have had several occasions to re...

The Buddha Of Mercy
Milton says: Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt; Surp...

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

Poetical Intuition And Zen
Since Universal Life or Spirit permeates the universe, the po...

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

Nature Favours Nothing In Particular
There is another point of view of life, which gave the presen...

Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
Now let us examine where illusion lies hidden from the view o...

Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the...

Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
As we have seen above, the Sixth Patriarch was a great genius...

The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...

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

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...

The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Thirdly, both the Zen monk and the Samurai were distinguished...




The Betterment Of Life








Again, people nowadays seem to feel keenly the wound of the
economical results of war, but they are unfeeling to its moral
injuries. As elements have their affinities, as bodies have their
attractions, as creatures have their instinct to live together, so
men have their inborn mutual love. 'God divided man into men that
they might help each other.' Their strength lies in their mutual
help, their pleasure is in their mutual love, and their perfection is
in their giving and receiving of alternate good. Therefore Shakya
Muni says: Be merciful to all living beings. To take up arms
against any other person is unlawful for any individual. It is the
violation of the universal law of life.

We do not deny that there are not a few who are so wretched that they
rejoice in their crimes, nor that there is any person but has more or
less stain on his character, nor that the means of committing crimes
are multiplied in proportion as modern civilization advances; yet
still we believe that our social life is ever breaking down our
wolfish disposition that we inherited from our brute ancestors, and
education is ever wearing out our cannibalistic nature which we have
in common with wild animals. On the one hand, the signs of social
morals are manifest in every direction, such as asylums for orphans,
poorhouses, houses of correction, lodgings for the penniless, asylums
for the poor, free hospitals, hospitals for domestic animals,
societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, schools for the
blind and the dumb, asylums for the insane, and so forth; on the
other hand, various discoveries and inventions have been made that
may contribute to the social improvement, such as the discovery of
the X rays and of radium, the invention of the wireless telegraph and
that of the aeroplane and what not. Furthermore, spiritual wonders
such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, etc., remind us of
the possibilities of further spiritual unfoldment in man which he
never dreamed of. Thus life is growing richer and nobler step by
step, and becoming more and more hopeful as we advance in the Way of
Buddha.






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