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 concept and consummate compassion, the founding father of the Buddhist Society in London invitations critical scholars of non secular evolution to take advantage of Western concepts to accomplish satori, the adventure of cohesion and divinity in all facets of being. Humphreys refocuses the knowledge of Zen for the Western reader and illuminates the onerous route to enlightenment.
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Only later will an inward hunger for something more be evident, and lead to that 'turning about at the seat of consciousness' which is true conversion. What, then, of the ego, in the Western sense, of the undesirable shadow-self, the self that has gone wrong, a dustbin full of elements of thought and character which we, the higher qualities of Mind, deplore ? In the first place, as already indicated, it is not to be confused with the personality, which in terms of growth is normal. The ego is ab normal, however common among men, and fruitful of unending suffering.
Are these accidents, at tributable to the twin dummies of heredity and environment ? AIe we what we are because of our birth and education, or were we guided to the family and circumstance in which we received our present 'name and form' by the magnetic affinity of past causation ? AIe infant prodigies yet explained, save by the doctrine of rebirth ? Is many an illness karmic born, the slow development of causes long ago produced and now at last maturing ? There must be reasons for the present lowered interest in one of the oldest doctrines of mankind.
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.