Hisamatsu’s ‘Vow of Humankind’ (1951)

Keeping calm and composed, let us awaken to our True Self,
become fully compassionate humans, make full use of our gifts according to our respective missions in life, discern the agony both individual and social and its source, recognize the right direction in which history should proceed, and join hands without distinctions of race, nation, or class.

Let us, with compassion, vow to bring to realization humankind’s deep desire for Self-emancipation and construct a world in which everyone can truly and fully live.


From: C. Ives, ‘True Person, Formless Self. Lay Zen Master Hisamatsu Shin’inchi’, in: S. Heine & D. Wright, Zen Masters (2010), pp. 217-238. Click here

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