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 suggestion and consummate compassion, the founding father of the Buddhist Society in London invitations critical scholars of non secular evolution to exploit Western strategies to accomplish satori, the event 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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Wal she writes that 'early Buddhism gave India a more definite doctrine, c:ult or theory of rebirth than any other religion before or since' . In the Pali Canon the Buddha refused to support or deny a Self, partly because he wished to avoid inclusion in any of the rival schools of the day, and partly because such argument 'did not conduce to peace of mind, Nirvana'. He wanted his disciples to concentrate on the long way through the lives in which, by perperual self-training, they would remove the Fetters, eliminate the Stains, let the Three Fires die for want of fuelling and so be free of Illusion.

And most of us are increasing the burden day by day. Meanwhile the tenSion in which we live is inevitable and 'right'. To the extent that it is a form of suffering we make it so, partly by our futile search for what we are pleased to call happiness. But happiness is not only an impossible ideal; it is an unworthy one. He who is for the moment happy, meaning without immediate sense of suffering of mind or feeling or body, forgets with the blindness of the veils of self 'the great sea of su1fering caused by the tears of men'.

And most of us are increasing the burden day by day. Meanwhile the tenSion in which we live is inevitable and 'right'. To the extent that it is a form of suffering we make it so, partly by our futile search for what we are pleased to call happiness. But happiness is not only an impossible ideal; it is an unworthy one. He who is for the moment happy, meaning without immediate sense of suffering of mind or feeling or body, forgets with the blindness of the veils of self 'the great sea of su1fering caused by the tears of men'.

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