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By Christmas Humphreys

ISBN-10: 0835605507

ISBN-13: 9780835605502

Satori is a degree alongside the best way, 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 religious evolution to take advantage of Western strategies to accomplish satori, the adventure of harmony and divinity in all features of being. Humphreys refocuses the knowledge of Zen for the Western reader and illuminates the onerous route to enlightenment.

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It is nowhere, and nowhere it is not. This is the mystical identity of opposites . . ' What else can one say ? The Opposites are, and ever will be for the period of our consciousness. But using the same consciousness we can, at first with intellect and later in the full knowledge of Praina-intuition, learn to live in the world of duality while never ceasing to see that every two Ire one, that 'all distinctions are falsely imagined', that, as Dr Suzuki says, 'there is nothing infinite apart from finite things'.

Nor do I understand electricity, but I use an electric razor happily. There are those who announce that all these rebirth stories pertain but to mythology. But mythology is now accepted as the shrine of racial truth. 'It is the last ditch of the ego', I hear a number say. So it is, and it will take many lives before that tiresome illusion is destroyed. There is a modem school of compromise. Rebirth, they say, occurs each moment of time; it is instantaneous on the arising of the previous set of 44 B U D D H I S M TEACHES R E B I R T H circumstances.

Wrote to A. P. Sinnett of the conditions of chelaship in his Tibetan school, 'We judge men by their motives and the moral effect of their actions; for the world's false standards and prejudice we have no respect'. As an African sage said to an English visitor, speaking of his own traditional version of this ancient Path, 'the length of the road is only the length of the step', and there is plenty of time, itself an illusion, for this timeless journey. According to the clear teaching of the Pali Canon of the Southern School of Buddhism, and the general tradition of Buddhism in all its schools, the process of rebirth, or as the Bhikkhu Rahula calls it, re-existence, on the analogy of work/sleep, work/sleep, and work again, applies to all humanity.

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