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Buddhism

The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
An eminent Chinese Buddhist scholar, well known as Ten Dai Da...

How To Worship Buddha
The author of Vimalakirtti-nirdeca-sutra well explains our at...

Zen And Supernatural Power
Yoga claims that various supernatural powers can be acquired ...

The Application Of The Law Of Causation To Morals
Although it may be needless to state here the law of causatio...

The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...

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

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

Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been complet...

Real Self
If there be no individual soul either in mind or body, where ...

The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a Chinese...

Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...

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

The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...

Personalism Of B P Bowne
B. P. Bowne says: They (phenomena) are not phantoms or illus...

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

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

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

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

Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...




Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease








In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, in so
far as it does not assume that to to be known is identical with to
be, in so far as it does not assert that the phenomenal universe is a
dream and a vision, we may admit it as true. On the one hand, it
serves us as a purifier of our hearts polluted with materialistic
desires, and uplifts us above the plain of sensualism; on the other
hand, it destroys superstitions which as a rule arise from ignorance
and want of the idealistic conception of things.
It is a lamentable fact that every country is full of such
superstitions people as described by one of the New Thought writers:
'Tens of thousands of women in this country believe that if two
people look in a mirror at the same time, or if one thanks the other
for a pin, or if one gives a knife or a sharp instrument to a friend,
it will break up friendship. If a young lady is presented with a
thimble, she will be an old maid. Some people think that after
leaving a house it is unlucky to go back after any article which has
been forgotten, and, if one is obliged to do so, one should sit down
in a chair before going out again; that if a broom touches a person
while someone is sweeping, bad luck will follow; and that it is
unlucky to change one's place at a table. A man took an opal to a
New York jeweller and asked him to buy it. He said that it had
brought him nothing but bad luck, that since it had come into his
possession he had failed in business, that there bad been much
sickness in his family, and all sorts of misfortune had befallen him.
He refused to keep the cursed thing any longer. The jeweller
examined the stone, and found that it was not an opal after all, but
an imitation.'


Idealism is a most potent medicine for these self-created mental
diseases. It will successfully drive away devils and spirits that
frequent ignorant minds, just as Jesus did in the old days. Zen
makes use of moral idealism to extirpate, root and branch, all such
idle dreams and phantasmagoria of illusion and opens the way to
Enlightenment.






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