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Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...

Hinayanism And Its Doctrine
The doctrine of Transience was the first entrance gate of Hin...

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

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

The Honest Poverty Of The Zen Monk And The Samurai
Secondly, the so-called honest poverty is a characteristic of...

Where Then Does The Error Lie?
Where, then, does the error lie in the four possible proposit...

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

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

Man Is Bad-natured According To Siun Tsz
The weaknesses of Mencius's theory are fully exposed by anot...

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

The World Is In The Making
Our assertion is far from assuming that life is now complete,...

Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches Bud...

The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
[FN#275] The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a...

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

Personalism Of B P Bowne
B. P. Bowne[FN#204] says: They (phenomena) are not phantoms o...

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

Buddha-nature Is The Common Source Of Morals
Furthermore, Buddha-nature or real self, being the seat of lo...

Buddha Is Unnamable
Give a definite name to Deity, He would be no more than what ...

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

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




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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