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

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 Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
Having set ourselves free from the misconception of Self, nex...

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

Scripture Is No More Than Waste Paper
Zen is not based on any particular sutra, either of Mahaya...

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

Decline Of Zen
The blooming prosperity of Zen was over towards the end of th...

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

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

The Law Of Balance
Nature governs the world with her law of balance. She puts t...

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

The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
The belief in immortality is based on the strong instinct of ...

Life And Change
A peculiar phase of life is change which appears in the form ...

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

The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
Let us point out in brief the similarities between Zen and Ja...

The Breathing Exercise Of The Yogi
Breathing exercise is one of the practices of Yoga, and somew...

Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
How, then, did philosophers come to consider reality to be un...

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

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

No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
Some Occidental scholars erroneously identify Buddhism with t...




Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final








Has, then, the divine nature of Universal Spirit been completely and
exhaustively revealed in our Enlightened Consciousness? To this
question we should answer negatively, for, so far as our limited
experience is concerned, Universal Spirit reveals itself as a Being
with profound wisdom and boundless mercy; this, nevertheless, does
not imply that the conception is the only possible and complete one.
We should always bear in mind that the world is alive, and changing,
and moving. It goes on to disclose a new phase, or to add a new
truth. The subtlest logic of old is a mere quibble of nowadays. The
miracles of yesterday are the commonplaces of to-day. Now theories
are formed, new discoveries are made, only to give their places to
newer theories are discoveries. New ideals realized or new desires
satisfied are sure to awaken newer and stronger desires. Not an
instant life remains immutable, but it rushes on, amplifying and
enriching itself from the dawn of time to the end of eternity.

Therefore Universal Life may in the future possibly unfold its new
spiritual content, yet unknown to us because it has refined, lifted
up, and developed living beings from the amba to man, increasing the
intelligence and range of individuals, until highly civilized man
emerge into the plane of consciousness-consciousness of divine light
in him. Thus to believe in Buddha is to be content and thankful for
the grace of His, and to hope for the infinite unfoldment of His
glories in man.






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