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

The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
The confused or unenlightened may be compared with a monk and...

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

The Parable Of The Robber Kih
Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the followin...

Life Consists In Conflict
Life consists in conflict. So long as man remains a social a...

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

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

Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

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...

Enlightened Consciousness
In addition to these considerations, which mainly depend on i...

Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
No wonder, then, that the representatives of the Samurai clas...

The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
The Lin Tsi school was started by Nan Yoh, a prominent d...

Wang Yang Ming O-yo-mei And A Thief
One evening when Wang was giving a lecture to a number of stu...

The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or ...

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

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

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

Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
Enlightened Consciousness is not a bare intellectual insight,...

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

Poetical Intuition And Zen
Since Universal Life or Spirit permeates the universe, the po...




The Betterment Of Life








Again, people nowadays seem to feel keenly the wound of the
economical results of war, but they are unfeeling to its moral
injuries. As elements have their affinities, as bodies have their
attractions, as creatures have their instinct to live together, so
men have their inborn mutual love. 'God divided man into men that
they might help each other.' Their strength lies in their mutual
help, their pleasure is in their mutual love, and their perfection is
in their giving and receiving of alternate good. Therefore Shakya
Muni says: "Be merciful to all living beings." To take up arms
against any other person is unlawful for any individual. It is the
violation of the universal law of life.

We do not deny that there are not a few who are so wretched that they
rejoice in their crimes, nor that there is any person but has more or
less stain on his character, nor that the means of committing crimes
are multiplied in proportion as modern civilization advances; yet
still we believe that our social life is ever breaking down our
wolfish disposition that we inherited from our brute ancestors, and
education is ever wearing out our cannibalistic nature which we have
in common with wild animals. On the one hand, the signs of social
morals are manifest in every direction, such as asylums for orphans,
poorhouses, houses of correction, lodgings for the penniless, asylums
for the poor, free hospitals, hospitals for domestic animals,
societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, schools for the
blind and the dumb, asylums for the insane, and so forth; on the
other hand, various discoveries and inventions have been made that
may contribute to the social improvement, such as the discovery of
the X rays and of radium, the invention of the wireless telegraph and
that of the aeroplane and what not. Furthermore, spiritual wonders
such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, etc., remind us of
the possibilities of further spiritual unfoldment in man which he
never dreamed of. Thus life is growing richer and nobler step by
step, and becoming more and more hopeful as we advance in the Way of
Buddha.






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