By Christmas Humphreys
Satori is a degree alongside the best way, a gateless gate that needs 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 adventure of team spirit and divinity in all features of being. Humphreys refocuses the knowledge of Zen for the Western reader and illuminates the exhausting route to enlightenment.
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It is a world of duality, from all that we know df Spirit to all that we know of maner, and from it there is no escape for the personality of any man . Only consciousness, after lives of effort, can be raised to a level where duality no longer binds us, a Non-duality (Not One, not Two) which the Patriarch Hui-Neng called 'the Essence of pure Mind'. 'All distinctions are falsely imagined' as the same great man explained, whether subject/object, positive/ negative, or the illusion of difference berween Nirvana and the world of every day.
Which is no-Ihing or noIhing becoming all Ihings ? I sball call it Life. This is Ihe Spirit in matter, Ihe Life in form ('Form is emptiness and Ihe very emptiness is form'). The opposite of Life, if any, is form. It is not deaIh. There is no death, only Ihe cycle of birIh, growIh, decay and deaIh inevitable in every form. hat. As Life is one, so is consciousness, which is equally indivisible and invisible. he heart of Enlightenment. But if T H A T breaIhed out, as here described, while remaining THAT, Ihen all about us, all Samsara is truly maya, Ihe great Illusion.
Accepting a Higher Third for every pair, however, we have a ladder of triangles, as it were, from lowest matter to Spirit itself, and nought to oppose our climbing save the fetters riveted upon our feet by our own foolish, separative thought. Let us then face our folly and be done with it. As Huang Po says, 'All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, besides which nothing exists'. But we in our folly, using and misusing the magnificent instrument of thought, divide Reality and make it two.