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All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
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Sutras Used By Zen Masters
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Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
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The Mystery Of Life
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The First Step In The Mental Training
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Decline Of Zen
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Poetical Intuition And Zen
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Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
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The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
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Man Is Bad-natured According To Siun Tsz
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Zen After The Restoration
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Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
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The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
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The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
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The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
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Zen And Nirvana
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Life Change And Hope
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Life And Change
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Epicureanism And Life
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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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