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

Buddha The Universal Life
Zen conceives Buddha as a Being, who moves, stirs, inspires, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Real Self
If there be no individual soul either in mind or body, where ...

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

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

Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...

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

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...

Epicureanism And Life
There are a good many people always buoyant in spirit and mir...

The Next Step In The Mental Training
In the next place we have to strive to be the master of our b...




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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