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Buddhism

The Ten Pictures Of The Cowherd
The pictures were drawn by Kwoh Ngan (Kaku-an), a Chinese...

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

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

The Betterment Of Life
Again, people nowadays seem to feel keenly the wound of the ...

The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
This school was started by Tsing-Yuen (Sei-gen), an emine...

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

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

Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
A famous Zenist, Mu-go-koku-shi, is said to have replied ...

Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
On the following morning the news of what had happened during...

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

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

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

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

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

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 Progress And Hope Of Life
How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life...

Universal Life Is Universal Spirit
These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal ...

The Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity
The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests its...

The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
After the death of the Fifth Patriarch the venerable Shang Si...

Life And Change
Transformation and change are the essential features of life;...




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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