RIY[=O]BU, OR MIXED BUDDHISM
Mind, Japan, Time, Buddha
"All things are nothing but mind."
"The doctrines of Buddhism have no fixed forms."
"There is nothing in things themselves that enables us to distinguish in them either good or evil, right or wrong. It is but man's fancy that weighs their merits and causes him to choose one and reject the other."
"Non-individuality is the general principle of Buddhism."—Outlines of the Mah[=a]y[=a]na.
"It (Shint[=o]) was smothered before reaching maturity, but Buddhism and Confucianism had to disguise and change in order to enter Japan."
"Life has a limited span and naught may avail to extend it. This is manifested by the impermanence of human beings. But yet whenever necessary I will hereafter make my appearance from time to time as a god, a sage, or a Buddha."—Last words of Shaka the Buddha, in Japanese biography.
"It is our opinion that Buddhism cannot long hold its ground, and that Christianity must finally prevail throughout all Japan.... Now, when Buddhism and Christianity are in conflict for the ascendency, this indifference of the Japanese people to the difference of sects is a great disadvantage to Buddhism. That they should worship Jesus Christ with the same mind as they do Inari or Mi[=o]jin is not at all inconsistent in their estimation or contrary to their custom."—Fukuzawa, of T[=o]ki[=o].
"How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him."—Elijah.
"Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles?"—Jesus.
"Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?"—James.
"What concord hath Christ with Belial?"—Paul.
|Written By William Elliot Griffis|
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