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

The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
This theory of Buddha-nature enables us to get an insight int...

The Betterment Of Life
Again, people nowadays seem to feel keenly the wound of the ...

Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enl...

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

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

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

The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...

Bodhidharma And His Successor The Second Patriarch
China was not, however, an uncultivated[FN#29] land for the s...

Man Is Neither Good-natured Nor Bad-natured According To Su Shih
The difficulty may be avoided by a theory given by Su Shih ...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...

Man Is Both Good-natured And Bad-natured According To Yan Hiung
According to Yang Hiung and his followers, good is no less re...

Sutras Used By Zen Masters
Ten Dai failed to explain away the discrepancies and contradi...

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

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

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

Origin Of Zen In India
To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form on...

Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been complet...

The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity

The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests itself as
mechanical force or chemical affinity in the inorganic nature,
unfolds itself as the desire of the preservation of species in the
vegetables and animals. See how vegetables fertilize themselves in a
complicated way, and how they spread their seeds far and wide in a
most mysterious manner. A far more developed form of the same desire
is seen in the sexual attachment and parental love of animals. Who
does not know that even the smallest birds defend their young against
every enemy with self -sacrificing courage, and that they bring food
whilst they themselves often starve and grow lean? In human beings
we can observe the various transformations of the self-same desire.
For instance, sorrow or despair is experienced when it is impossible;
anger, when it is hindered by others; joy, when it is fulfilled;
fear, when it is threatened; pleasure, when it is facilitated.
Although it manifests itself as the sexual attachment and parental
love in lower animals, yet its developed forms, such as sympathy,
loyalty, benevolence, mercy, humanity, are observed in human beings.
Again, the creative force in inorganic nature, in order to assert
itself and act more effectively, creates the germ of organic nature,
and gradually ascending the scale of evolution, develops the sense
organs and the nervous system; hence intellectual powers, such as
sensation, perception, imagination, memory, unfold themselves. Thus
the creative force, exerting itself gradually, widens its sphere of
action, and necessitates the union of individuals into families,
clans, tribes, communities, and nations. For the sake of this union
and co-operation they established customs, enacted laws, and
instituted political and educational systems. Furthermore, to
reinforce itself, it gave birth to languages and sciences; and to
enrich itself, morality and religion.

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