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Man Is Both Good-natured And Bad-natured According To Yan Hiung Yo-yu
According to Yang Hiung and his followers, good is no less re...

The Parable Of The Robber Kih
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The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
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Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
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Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
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Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
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Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
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Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
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Zen Is Not Nihilistic
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Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
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The Beatitude Of Zen
We are far from denying, as already shown in the foregoing ch...

Change As Seen By Zen
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The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests its...

Poetical Intuition And Zen
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The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
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Life And Change
Transformation and change are the essential features of life;...

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

Great Men And Nature
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Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
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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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