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Calmness Of Mind
The Yogi breathing above mentioned is fit rather for physical...

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

Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
Now let us examine where illusion lies hidden from the view o...

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

The Eternal Life As Taught By Professor Munsterberg
Some philosophical pessimists undervalue life simply because ...

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

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

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

Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, ...

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

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

Change As Seen By Zen
Zen, like Hinayanism, does not deny the doctrine of Transienc...

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

The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
Occidental minds believe in a mysterious entity under the nam...

Hinayanism And Its Doctrine
The doctrine of Transience was the first entrance gate of Hin...

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

The First Step In The Mental Training
Some of the old Zen masters are said to have attained to supr...

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

The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
Philosophical pessimists maintain that there are on earth ma...

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




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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