Beyond the Pale of Vengeance by Kan Kikuchi

By Kan Kikuchi

This novel is a compelling tale of a Buddhist monk who undertakes a possible very unlikely activity as a way to satisfy his non secular objective to assist these he had formerly harmed. It exhibits how, within the technique of changing his karma, he additionally transforms the lives of others. it truly is in accordance with the lifetime of a precise monk who lived through the 18th century in Japan and exhibits that it doesn't matter what an individual has performed, together with homicide and theft, he can thoroughly flip his lifestyles round and understand the best fulfillment---the direct event of the everlasting, the Buddha Nature---and can then devote his existence to selfless carrier since it is his nature to take action.

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The criterion for inclusion in this group is the recognition of this reciprocity between its members. This is not the noting of a single characteristic that is the same in each of member of this group, in contradistinction to a characteristic noted in another group. ” Further, if the group consists 32 IRONIES OF ONENESS AND DIFFERENCE only of these two members, X and Y, then there is no further essence, without changing, that could apply indiscriminately to a newly discovered member, Z. It would not have the same criterion for membership as X and Y.

The distinction between the criterion itself and that to which it is applied translates into the Socratic definition of the thing, the Platonic form of the thing, the Aristotelian distinction between “the thing which is X” and “that the thing is X,” between existence and essence. The essence transcends its instantiations, and could be applied to an infinite number of instances. It remains unchanged by the size of the set of its instantiations. While privileging difference as the criterion for clas‑ sification, it simultaneously produces a by‑product of sameness.

What is shared is popped up to a higher level, or a more fundamental level: it has logical priority, and brings with it an implica‑ tion of causal grounding, and the apodictic sense of necessity and unilateral (transcendent) dependence: whatever is true of a member of this species is necessarily also true of all members of this genus, but not vice versa. If I have an object composed of properties X and Y, where X is shared with others and Y is not, the name of the object will be Y, rather than XY.

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