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

The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
After the death of the Fifth Patriarch the venerable Shang Si...

Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
Enlightened Consciousness is not a bare intellectual insight,...

Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
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The Next Step In The Mental Training
In the next place we have to strive to be the master of our b...

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

The Eternal Life As Taught By Professor Munsterberg
Some philosophical pessimists undervalue life simply because ...

The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests its...

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

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

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

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

The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
In the meantime seekers after a new truth gradually began to ...

Wang Yang Ming (o-yo-mei) And A Thief
One evening when Wang was giving a lecture to a number of stu...

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

The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supr...

Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
No wonder, then, that the representatives of the Samurai clas...

Life And Change
A peculiar phase of life is change which appears in the form ...

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

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




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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