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Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
But extreme Idealism identifies 'to be' with 'to be known,' a...

Enlightenment Implies An Insight Into The Nature Of Self
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Personalism Of B P Bowne
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Enlightened Consciousness
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The Beatitude Of Zen
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Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
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The Law Of Balance In Life
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The Mystery Of Life
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Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
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The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
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The Five Ranks Of Merit
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No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
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There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
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The Law Of Balance
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The Spiritual Attainment Of The Sixth Patriarch
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Sutras Used By Zen Masters
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Real Self
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Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
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Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
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The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
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The Parable Of The Robber Kih








Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the following
effect: "The followers of the great robber and murderer Kih asked him
saying: 'Has the robber also any moral principles in his
proceedings?' He replied: 'What profession is there which has not
its principles? That the robber comes to the conclusion without
mistake that there are valuable deposits in an apartment shows his
wisdom; that he is the first to enter it shows his bravery; that he
makes an equal division of the plunder shows his justice; that he
never betrays the fellow-robbers shows his faithfulness; and that he
is generous to the followers shows his benevolence. Without all
these five qualities no one in the world has ever attained to become
a great robber.'" The parable clearly shows us Buddha-nature of the
robber and murderer expresses itself as wisdom, bravery, justice,
faithfulness, and benevolence in his society, and that if he did the
same outside it, he would not be a great robber but a great sage.


The parable is told for the purpose of undervaluing
Confucian doctrine, but the author thereby accidentally touches human
nature. We do not quote it here with the same purpose as the
author's.






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