A Western Approach to Zen by Christmas Humphreys

By Christmas Humphreys

Satori is a degree alongside the way in which, a gateless gate that needs to be entered at the route to enlightenment. With profound concept and consummate compassion, the founding father of the Buddhist Society in London invitations critical scholars of non secular evolution to take advantage of Western suggestions to accomplish satori, the event 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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Arc there, then, two types of self in the Pali Canon ? Miss I. B. Homer, a pupil of Mn Rhys Davids and the present President of the Pali Text Society, shows that this is so. In a famous article reprinted in The Middle Way (Vol. Z7 p. 76) she lists some seventeen passages from the Pali Canon which make this clear. The 'lesser self' and the 'greater self' are clearly distinguished, and the 'great self' is described as " dweller in the immeasurable'. But the Dhammapada, the most famous text in the Canon, \\ill itself suffice.

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 ! A W E S T E R N A P P R O A C H TO Z E N But i n Samsara man i s dual, an d a t war , with intolerable tension in the mind.

A second question; Can we be truly tolerant of the 'other', that blithering idiot who insists on going straight to hell with his dangerous and quite horrible ideas ? Probably not, but I remember a definition of tolerance given by Annie Besant nearly fifty years ago, 'an eager and a glad acceptance of the way along which our brother seeks the truth'. Yes, we must let him go the way he wills, for he will not learn from our admonishment. And a third question; can we choose and use the opposites yet not be bound by our choice ?

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