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

The First Step In The Mental Training
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Sutras Used By Zen Masters
Ten Dai failed to explain away the discrepancies and contradi...

The Next Step In The Mental Training
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The Law Of Balance In Life
It is also the case with human affairs. Social positions hig...

Our Conception Of Buddha Is Not Final
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Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
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The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
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Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the To...

The Fourth Patriarch And The Emperor Tai Tsung Tai-so
The Third Patriarch was succeeded by Tao Sin (Do-shin), who ...

The Honest Poverty Of The Zen Monk And The Samurai
Secondly, the so-called honest poverty is a characteristic of...

Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
In the foregoing chapters we have had several occasions to re...

The Courage And The Composure Of Mind Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Fourthly, our Samurai encountered death, as is well known, wi...

Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
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The Theory Of Buddha-nature Adequately Explains The Ethical States Of Man
This theory of Buddha-nature enables us to get an insight int...

The Buddha Of Mercy
Milton says: "Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt; Sur...

The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...

Man Is Good-natured According To Mencius
Oriental scholars, especially the Chinese men of letters, see...

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

Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
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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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