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

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

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

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...

Zen After The Downfall Of The Ho-jo Regency
Towards the end of the Ho-Jo period, and after the downfall o...

Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the...

Sutras Used By Zen Masters
Ten Dai failed to explain away the discrepancies and contradi...

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

A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The holy writ that Zen masters admire is not one of parchment...

Life Change And Hope
The doctrine of Transcience never drives us to the pessimisti...

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

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

Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches Bud...

Nature Favours Nothing In Particular
There is another point of view of life, which gave the presen...

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 Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,...

The Fifth And The Sixth Patriarchs
Tao Sin transmitted the Law to Hung Jan (Ko-nin), who being e...

Buddha The Universal Life
Zen conceives Buddha as a Being, who moves, stirs, inspires, ...

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




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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