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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...

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

The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or ...

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
Similarly, it is the case with religion and morality. If we ...

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

The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
[FN#75] This school was started by Tsing-Yuen (Sei-gen)...

Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
An epoch-making event took place in the Buddhist history of C...

Zen After The Downfall Of The Ho-jo Regency
Towards the end of the Ho-Jo period,[FN#90] and after the dow...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of p...

The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
Tao Sin transmitted the Law to Hung Jan (Ko-nin), who being e...

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

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

The Spiritual Attainment Of The Sixth Patriarch
Some time before his death (in 675 A.D.) the Fifth Patriarch ...

Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
[FN#107] Zen is not based on any particular sutra, either of...

Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
No sooner had Bodhidharma landed at Kwang Cheu in Southern Ch...

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

The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
Thus far we have described the doctrine of Zen inculcated by ...

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

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

An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
To get Enlightened we must next dispel an illusion respecting...




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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