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Buddha Is Unnamable
Give a definite name to Deity, He would be no more than what ...

Man Is Bad-natured According To Siun Tsz Jun-shi
The weaknesses of Mencius's theory are fully exposed by anoth...

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

All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
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The Parable Of The Robber Kih
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Real Self
If there be no individual soul either in mind or body, where ...

The Mystery Of Life
Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in l...

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

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

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

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

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

Great Men And Nature
All great men, whether they be poets or scientists or religio...

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

The Manliness Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Thirdly, both the Zen monk and the Samurai were distinguished...

The Bad Are The Good In The Egg
This is not only the case with a robber or a murderer, but al...

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

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

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

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 Creative Force Of Nature And Humanity








The innate tendency of self-preservation, which manifests itself as
mechanical force or chemical affinity in the inorganic nature,
unfolds itself as the desire of the preservation of species in the
vegetables and animals. See how vegetables fertilize themselves in a
complicated way, and how they spread their seeds far and wide in a
most mysterious manner. A far more developed form of the same desire
is seen in the sexual attachment and parental love of animals. Who
does not know that even the smallest birds defend their young against
every enemy with self -sacrificing courage, and that they bring food
whilst they themselves often starve and grow lean? In human beings
we can observe the various transformations of the self-same desire.
For instance, sorrow or despair is experienced when it is impossible;
anger, when it is hindered by others; joy, when it is fulfilled;
fear, when it is threatened; pleasure, when it is facilitated.
Although it manifests itself as the sexual attachment and parental
love in lower animals, yet its developed forms, such as sympathy,
loyalty, benevolence, mercy, humanity, are observed in human beings.
Again, the creative force in inorganic nature, in order to assert
itself and act more effectively, creates the germ of organic nature,
and gradually ascending the scale of evolution, develops the sense
organs and the nervous system; hence intellectual powers, such as
sensation, perception, imagination, memory, unfold themselves. Thus
the creative force, exerting itself gradually, widens its sphere of
action, and necessitates the union of individuals into families,
clans, tribes, communities, and nations. For the sake of this union
and co-operation they established customs, enacted laws, and
instituted political and educational systems. Furthermore, to
reinforce itself, it gave birth to languages and sciences; and to
enrich itself, morality and religion.






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