A Western Approach to Zen by Christmas Humphreys

By Christmas Humphreys

Satori is a level alongside the best way, a gateless gate that has to be entered at the route to enlightenment. With profound idea and consummate compassion, the founding father of the Buddhist Society in London invitations severe scholars of religious evolution to exploit Western strategies to accomplish satori, the event of cohesion and divinity in all features of being. Humphreys refocuses the knowledge of Zen for the Western reader and illuminates the laborious route to enlightenment.

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HUfIJ do 'I' let go of 'me' ? If the above analysis be right, it is the aberrant aspect of the total man, the part that has gone off the rails into the heresy of separateness, that must be squarely faced and, as a false belief, destroyed. How shall we bring the consciousness of total man to the new awareness that life is one and indivisible, that 'all distinctions are falsely imagined', that when the Buddha-Mind is rediscovered 'there are DO o thers' ? One can cope with the ego-selfin either of two ways, in the alternative or by an exercise in seeing the two as one.

I s there support for belief in Rebirth ? One wonders where to begin. Of proof, to a doubting mind there can be none, for what in the spiritual field has ever yet been proved ? Yet reason and analogy speak for it. If Nature's rhythm is work and rest, work and rest, in day and night; 1 Re;nctJrnation. Head and Cranston. Julian Press, New York, 1 9 6 1 . Rtincarntnjon i n World Thought. Head a n d Cranston. JuHan Press, New York, 1967. See also : Karma and Rebirth. Chrisunas Humphreys. Murray, 1943.

How lovely to have earned the right to spend one's days in a job that is total service to those about one. There comes a time on the Path when some power from the deeps within takes over, at least in moments of great stress. It is impersonal, as though a living and intelligent Law. In the speech which made him famous, Emerson spoke of these laws 'which execute themselves. They are out of time, out of space and not subject to circumstance'. Edwin Arnold called it 'a Power divine which moves to good ; only its laws endure', but it has no name.

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