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

The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...

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

The First Step In The Mental Training
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Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

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

Life In The Concrete
Life in the concrete, which we are living, greatly differs fr...

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

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

Zen And Idealism
Next Zen makes use of Idealism as explained by the Dharmalaks...

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

The Parable Of A Drunkard
Now the question arises, If all human beings are endowed with...

Calmness Of Mind
The Yogi breathing above mentioned is fit rather for physical...

Bodhidharma's Disciples And The Transmission Of The Law[fn#31]
[FN#31] For details, see Chwen Tang Luh and Den Ka Roku, b...

Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, se...

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

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

All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
We are to resume this problem in the following chapter. Suff...

Zen Is Not Nihilistic
Zen judged from ancient Zen masters' aphorisms may seem, at t...




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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