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 concept and consummate compassion, the founding father of the Buddhist Society in London invitations severe scholars of religious evolution to take advantage of Western concepts to accomplish satori, the adventure of cohesion and divinity in all points of being. Humphreys refocuses the knowledge of Zen for the Western reader and illuminates the exhausting route to enlightenment.
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As J. G. ' In other words, as rebirth clashes with the negative, monkish doctrine of ADatta, not any self at all, then it, togetbet with compassion, must go ! For what, if there be no self at all, remains at death to be reborn ? So it all comes back to An-atta, the untrue self which builds the house of illusion. 'Now have I found you,' proclaimed the Buddha on achieving full enlightenment. ' But note the preceding verse of the Dhammapada, in which this famous passage appears. 'Through many weary rounds of rebirth have I sought the builder of this house .
NOUght can be conscious without that which is to it 'other'. Subject must look at object to know 53 A WESTERN A P P R O A C H TO Z E N itself. We can only know what we are not. Hence the famous cumple of 'Zen logic', that A must be seen to be not-A if we are to know A. But Two is a concept impossible to use. It is, as Plato pointed out, a digit without meaning. Whete thete is two there must be relationsbip between them, and this makes Three. And in the arrangement of three things and their derivatives we attain the 'ten thousand things' of Chinese pbilosophy.
But the list is endless, and we must wait awhile before we face, as face we must, the ultimate, mind-staggering Pair and its essential Non-duality. In respect of all these opposites we can lay down four propositions, not as dogma but as facts available to aU who examine life for themselves. First, each of a pair exists by virtue of the other, whether as com plementary opposites like positive and negative, or comparative attributes such as large and small. This is a profound statement, but understanding of it tends to ease us out of the false position in which we stand.