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By Albert Low

A set of articles, talks, tales and essays on Zen which variety from koans to discussions on Buddhism and Christianity.

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9 Inherent in the modern psyche is another myth, the myth of progress and evolution. Progress is the means by which evolution is attained, and the goal of evolution as currently understood is for humankind (alias the technocrat) to become God by "conquering" or "harnessing" the forces of nature. Psychotherapy is the apotheosis of this drive toward progress in that its ultimate aim is to rescue humanity from this drive toward perfection. It is, thus, the ultimate act of progress. Norman O. Brown says: Psychoanalysis offers a theoretical framework for exploring the possibilities of a way out of the nightmare of endless progress Page 31 and endless Faustian discontent, a way out of the human neurosis a way out of history.

In this lies its great inspiration. Twenty-five hundred years ago a child was born, the son of a king in India. Both the Lotus Sutra of Buddhism and the New Testament of Christianity tell the same parable. It reads roughly as follows: There was once a son of a king who left home and wandered far away. In wandering, he gradually lost all but the faintest mercy of his origins. He fell on hard times and became a beggar. To support himself, he looked after pigs that belonged to another, sharing the acorns and husks they were given to eat.

Beyond All Form My doctrine implies thinking of what is beyond thought, performing what is beyond performance, speaking of what is beyond words, and practicing what is beyond practice. The Way of Teacher Shows of Way Here we have nirvana, here we have the way to nirvana, and here stand I as instructor of the Way. Yet some of my disciples, thus advised and trained by me, do attain nirvana, and others do not attain. What do I in the matter? The Tathagata is the one who shows the Way. Page 23 Test of Truth Now, Kalamas, do not ye go by hearsay nor by what is handed down by others nor by what people say nor by what is stated on the authority of your traditional teachings.

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