By Christmas Humphreys
Satori is a level alongside the way in which, a gateless gate that has to be entered at the route to enlightenment. With profound suggestion and consummate compassion, the founding father of the Buddhist Society in London invitations critical scholars of religious evolution to take advantage of Western innovations to accomplish satori, the adventure of team spirit and divinity in all points of being. Humphreys refocuses the knowledge of Zen for the Western reader and illuminates the onerous route to enlightenment.
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As St James found out, man has tamed most things but 'the tongue can no man tame'. The ideal that every word spoken should be both true and helpful is too much for most of us, but its value on the Way is obvious. Right Livelihood should be compatible with the Buddhist views on morality. It is a high ideal for the Western Buddhist, and we honour the men who, finding their work quite incompatible with their Buddhist ideals, just drop the job, at whatever sacrifice to self and home. How lovely to have earned the right to spend one's days in a job that is total service to those about one.
There is no death, only Ihe cycle of birIh, growIh, decay and deaIh inevitable in every form. hat. As Life is one, so is consciousness, which is equally indivisible and invisible. he heart of Enlightenment. But if T H A T breaIhed out, as here described, while remaining THAT, Ihen all about us, all Samsara is truly maya, Ihe great Illusion. All things are real to each oIher yet, as Hui-Neng proclaimed, 'From Ihe first not a Ihing is'. his to Ihe everlasting argument on self, which I submit to be quite unnecessary, Ihe Theravada school is right in proclaiming Ihe doctrine of Anatta, no-self, in Ihe sense of no separate self or essence in any single Ihing; and Ihe Mahayana school is equally right, in proclaimin g that if 'Self' be the life of T H A T Ihere is noIhing else !
Surely the doctrine of Rebirth, as plainly stated a hundred times in the Pali Canon, is a necessary corollary of Karma ? Why, then, is it suddenly laid aside and, by a number of persons calling themselves Buddhists, clearly not believed ? I do not know, but I hold that it is important to enquire. For I personally believe that the teaching of the Buddhist Scriptures is true, and I have the greater part of mankind on my side. ' So puneth by the Spirit Lightly its garb of ftesh, And passeth to inherit A residence afresh• • • • I regard this as excellent Buddhism.
A Western Approach to Zen by Christmas Humphreys