By Christmas Humphreys
Satori is a level alongside the best way, a gateless gate that needs to be entered at the route to enlightenment. With profound notion and consummate compassion, the founding father of the Buddhist Society in London invitations critical scholars of non secular evolution to take advantage of Western options to accomplish satori, the adventure of solidarity 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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It was a long search for the Buddha, as it will be for us, of lives, not moments ! What did the Buddha teach on self? He was brought up as a Hindu and knew the Indian teaching on the Self (Atman) of man as one with the param-Atman of the universe. ' Thus Mn Rhys Davids,' in her day the leading Pali scholar in the West. She therefore begins her list of 'ten things which Gotama the Buddha will not have taught' with : 'that the man, the very man : self, spirit, soul, purusa is not real'. For her, a life srudent of Theravada Buddhism, the Buddha's concern was with a Wayfarer upon a Way.
Between the two we cannot find the slightest shade of difference'. Dr Come, in Buddhist Wisdom Books, p. 83, presses this home. That the Beyond is precisely identical with its opposite passes belief, and yet that is the message of the Heart Sutta. 'The infinitely Far Away is not only near, but it is infinitely near. 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.
And thirdly, each ruleds the other in order to be complete. This has profound importance in the field of psychology. Do we realize that we ruled the thing we hate, the aspects of the self we thrust into the unconscious as unworthy of the mask we offer to the world ? As a fourth proposition it is submined that the tension inherent in duality, of anraction/repulsion working at full force on things, people and situations, is either accepted as the motive force of growth and development, or regarded as a source of suffering by those who cannot see it in this light.
A Western Approach to Zen by Christmas Humphreys