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

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

Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...

Personalism Of B P Bowne
B. P. Bowne[FN#204] says: They (phenomena) are not phantoms o...

Enlightenment Implies An Insight Into The Nature Of Self
We cannot pass over, however, this weighty problem without sa...

Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life...

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

Zen After The Restoration
After the Restoration of the Mei-ji (1867) the popularity of ...

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

Pessimistic View Of The Ancient Hindus
In addition to this, the new theory of matter has entirely ov...

Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
On the following morning the news of what had happened during...

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

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

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

Life Consists In Conflict
Life consists in conflict. So long as man remains a social a...

Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
As we have seen above, the Sixth Patriarch was a great genius...

The Parable Of The Robber Kih
Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the followi...

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

Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
Then a question suggests itself: If there be no soul that su...

Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
Now let us examine where illusion lies hidden from the view o...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral

The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of people
who are assumed as non-moral or purely immoral. There is no person,
however morally degraded he may be, but reveals some good nature in
his whole course of life. It is our daily experience that we find a
faithful friend in the person even of a pickpocket, a loving father
even in a burglar, and a kind neighbour even in a murderer. Faith,
sympathy, friendship, love, loyalty, and generosity dwell not merely
in palaces and churches, but also in brothels and gaols. On the
other hand, abhorrent vices and bloody crimes often find shelter
under the silk hat, or the robe, or the coronet, or the crown. Life
may fitly be compared with a rope made of white and black straw, and
to separate one from the other is to destroy the rope itself; so also
life entirely independent of the duality of good and bad is no actual
life. We must acknowledge, therefore, that the third and the fourth
propositions are inconsistent with our daily experience of life, and
that only the second proposition remains, which, as seen above,
breaks down at the origin of morality.

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