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Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Religion And Morality
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The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
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Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
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Bodhidharma And His Successor The Second Patriarch
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Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
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Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
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Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Ho-jo Period
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The Honest Poverty Of The Zen Monk And The Samurai
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Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
In the foregoing chapters we have had several occasions to re...

Life In The Concrete
Life in the concrete, which we are living, greatly differs fr...

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

The Disciples Under The Sixth Patriarch
Some time after this the Sixth Patriarch settled himself down...

The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
An eminent Chinese Buddhist scholar, well known as Ten Dai Da...

The Law Of Balance In Life
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An Illusion Concerning Appearance And Reality
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Wang Yang Ming (o-yo-mei) And A Thief
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Man Is Neither Good-natured Nor Bad-natured According To Su Shih
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The Buddha Of Mercy








Milton says:

Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt;
Surprised by unjust force, but not enthralled.
But evil on itself shall back recoil,
And mix no more with goodness. If this fail,
The pillared firmament is rottenness,
And earth's base built on stubble.

The world is built on the foundation of morality, which is another
name for Universal Spirit, and moral order sustains it. We human
beings, consciously or unconsciously, were, are, and will be at work
to bring the world into perfection. This idea is allegorically
expressed in the Buddhist sutra,[FN#177] which details the advent of
a merciful Buddha named Maitreya in the remote future. At that time,
it says, there will be no steep hills, no filthy places, no epidemic,
no famine, no earthquake, no storm, no war, no revolution, no
bloodshed, no cruelty, and no suffering; the roads will be paved
smoothly, grass and trees always blooming, birds ever singing, men
contented and happy; all sentient beings will worship the Buddha of
Mercy, accept His doctrine, and attain to Enlightenment. This
prophecy will be fulfilled, according to the sutra, 5,670,000,000
years after the death of Shakya Muni. This evidently shows us that
the Mahayanist's aim of life is to bring out man's inborn light of
Buddha-nature to illumine the world, to realize the universal
brotherhood of all sentient beings, to attain to Enlightenment, and
to enjoy peace and joy to which Universal Spirit leads us.


[FN#177] See Nanjo's Catalogue, Nos. 204-209.





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