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Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He i...

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

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

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

Missionary Activity Of The Sixth Patriarch
As we have seen above, the Sixth Patriarch was a great genius...

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

Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...

The Social State Of Japan When Zen Was Established By Ei-sai And Do-gen
Now we have to observe the condition of the country when Zen ...

Man Is Neither Good-natured Nor Bad-natured According To Su Shi
(So-shoku). The difficulty may be avoided by a theory given ...

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

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

There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of p...

The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...

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

An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
To get Enlightened we must next dispel an illusion respecting...

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

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

The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
Some time after this the Sixth Patriarch settled himself down...

Bodhidharma And The Emperor Wu
No sooner had Bodhidharma landed at Kwang Cheu in Southern Ch...

All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
We are to resume this problem in the following chapter. Suff...




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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