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Buddhism

The Awakening Of The Innermost Wisdom
Having set ourselves free from the misconception of Self, nex...

Enlightenment Implies An Insight Into The Nature Of Self
We cannot pass over, however, this weighty problem without sa...

Zazen And The Forgetting Of Self
Zazen is a most effectual means of destroying selfishness, th...

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

Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of...

The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,...

The Parable Of A Drunkard
Now the question arises, If all human beings are endowed with...

The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...

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

Zen And Nirvana
The beatitude of Zen is Nirvana, not in the Hinayanistic sens...

Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life...

The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
A grain of sand you, trample upon has a deeper significance t...

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...

Buddha-nature Is The Common Source Of Morals
Furthermore, Buddha-nature or real self, being the seat of lo...

The Great Person And Small Person
For these reasons Zen proposes to call man Buddha-natured or ...

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

The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
After the death of the Fifth Patriarch the venerable Shang Si...

The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
Thus far we have described the doctrine of Zen inculcated by ...

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

Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
No wonder, then, that the representatives of the Samurai clas...




The Progress And Hope Of Life








How many myriads of years have passed since the germs of life first
made appearance on earth none can tell; how many thousands of summers
and winters it has taken to develop itself into higher animals, no
scientist can calculate exactly. Slowly but steadily it has taken
its swerving course, and ascending stop by step the series of
evolution, has reached at length the plane of the rational animal.
We cannot tell how many billions of years it takes to develop
ourselves and become beings higher than man himself, yet we firmly
believe that it is possible for us to take the same unerring course
as the organic germs took in the past. Existing humanity is not the
same as primitive one. It is quite another race. Our desires and
hopes are entirely different from those of primitive man. What was
gold for them is now iron for us. Our thoughts and beliefs are what
they never dreamed of. Of our knowledge they had almost none. That
which they kept in veneration we trample under our feet. Things they
worshipped as deities now serve us as our slaves. Things that
troubled and tortured them we now turn into utilities. To say
nothing of the customs and manners and mode of living which underwent
extraordinary change, we are of a race in body and mind other than
the primitive forefathers of good old days.
In addition to this we have every reason to believe in the betterment
of life. Let us cast a glance to the existing state of the world.
While the Turco-Italian war was raising its ferocious outcry, the
Chinese revolution lifted its head before the trembling throne. Who
can tell whether another sanguinary affair will not break out before
the Bulgarian bloodshed comes to an end? Still we believe that, as
fire drives out fire, to borrow Shakespeare's phrase, so war is
driving out war. As an ocean, which separated two nations in the
past, serves to unite them now, so a war, which separated two people
in the past, brings them to unity now. It goes without saying, that
every nation groans under the burden of cannons and warships, and
heartily desires peace. No nation can willingly wage war against any
other nation. It is against the national conscience. It is no
exaggeration to say the world is wholly the ear to hear the news from
the goddess of peace. A time will surely come, if our purpose be
steady and our resolution firm, when universal peace will be
restored, and Shakya Muni's precept, 'not to kill,' will be realized
by all mankind.






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