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The Second And The Third Patriarchs
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Change As Seen By Zen
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Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
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Let Go Of Your Idle Thoughts
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An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
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Everything Is Living According To Zen
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Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
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Enlightenment Implies An Insight Into The Nature Of Self
We cannot pass over, however, this weighty problem without sa...

The Parable Of The Monk And The Stupid Woman
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Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
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Life And Change
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The Establishment Of The Rin Zai School Of Zen In Japan
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Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
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Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
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The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
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Life Consists In Conflict
Life consists in conflict. So long as man remains a social a...

Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
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The Honest Poverty Of The Zen Monk And The Samurai
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The Mystery Of Life








Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in life in
order to prepare ourselves for an insight into the depth of life. We
are far from being pessimistic, for we believe that life consists in
confliction, but that confliction does not end in confliction, but in
a new form of harmony. Hope comes to conflict with fear, and is
often threatened with losing its hold on mind; then it renews its
life and takes root still deeper than before. Peace is often
disturbed with wars, but then it gains a still firmer ground than
ever. Happiness is driven out of mind by melancholy, then it is
re-enforced by favourable conditions and returns with double
strength. Spirit is dragged down by matter from its ideal heaven,
then, incited by shame, it tries a higher flight. Good is opposed by
evil, then it gathers more strength and vanquishes its foe. Truth is
clouded by falsehood, then it issues forth with its greater light.
Liberty is endangered by tyranny, then it overthrows it with a
splendid success.

Manifoldness stands out boldly against unity; difference against
agreement; particularity against generality; individuality against
society. Manifoldness, nevertheless, instead of annihilating,
enriches unity; difference, instead of destroying agreement, gives it
variety; particularities, instead of putting an end to generality,
increase its content; individuals, instead of breaking the harmony of
society, strengthen the power of it.

Thus 'Universal Life does not swallow up manifoldness nor extinguish
differences, but it is the only means of bringing to its full
development the detailed content of reality; in particular, it does
not abolish the great oppositions of life and world, but takes them
up into itself and brings them into fruitful relations with each
other.' Therefore 'our life is a mysterious blending of freedom and
necessity, power and limitation, caprice and law; yet these opposites
are constantly seeking and finding a mutual adjustment.'






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