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95 devils in Mexico City Blues

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ref. question in Writers and Genres 1194:
the sport reporter theory feels most attractive LOL
- but since i also checked James T. Jones's book, and the Buddhist Bible, and got frustrated - i just WANted to know -got into google with "ninety-five devils Buddhism", because - as Jones also explains - Mexico City Blues was created by Kerouac in a crisis time of self-exploration/explanation needs and contradictions (without healthy sports..): i found, among some other links: :
(Stuart R. Kerr III: Selected Quotations From Buddhism)
"If we become attached to any of these false developments, we will soon pass under the influence of NINETY-FIVE DEVILS who will elude us into madness. When the gods or DEVILS or evil spirits notice our susceptibility to these evil developments, they will sometimes give us, increased meditating power so as to lead us on into deeper development of these evil manifestations." Gosho/Conversation-2.htm :

"The NINETY-FIVE schools of Brahman believers were the ones who accused the Buddha of being unfilial. But by disobeying the command of his father and mother and entering the realm of the unconditioned, he was, on the contrary, able to lead his father and mother to salvation, thus demonstrating that he was in fact a model of filial piety. ..
The sage said, "The human heart is like water that assumes the shape of whatever vessel it occupies, and the nature of beings is like the reflection of the moon undulating on the waves. Now you insist that you will be firm in this faith, but another day you are bound to waver. Though DEVILS and demons may come to tempt you, you must not allow yourself to be distracted. The DEVIL of the Sixth Heaven hates the Buddha's Law, and the NON-Buddhist believers resent the path of the Buddhist teachings. But you must be like the golden mountain that glitters more brightly when scraped by the wild boar, like the sea that encompasses all the various streams, like the fire that burns higher when logs are added, or like the gura insect that grows bigger when the wind blows. If you follow such examples, then how can the outcome fail to be good?" Gosho/OpeningEyesPart1.htm :

Erroneous teachings such as these are too numerous to be counted. Their adherents pay as much respect and honor to the teachers who propound them as the various deities pay to the god Taishaku or the court ministers pay to the ruler of the empire. But not a single person who adheres to these NINETY-FIVE types of higher or lower non-Buddhist teachings ever escapes from the cycle of birth and death. Those who follow teachers of the better sort will, after two or three rebirths, fall into the evil paths, while those who follow evil teachers will fall into the evil paths in their very next rebirth.

In the Toshun124 we read: "Question: While the Buddha was in the world, there were many who were resentful and jealous [of a practitioner of the Lotus Sutra]. But in the age after his passing, when one preaches this sutra, why are there so many who try to make trouble for one? Answer: It is said that good medicine tastes bitter. This sutra, which is like good medicine, dispels attachments to the five vehicles and establishes the one ultimate principle. It reproaches those in the ranks of ordinary beings and censures those in the ranks of sagehood, denies [provisional] Mahayana and refutes Hinayana. It speaks of the heavenly devils as poisonous insects and calls non-Buddhists DEMONS. It censures those who cling to Hinayana teachings, calling them mean and impoverished, and it dismisses bodhisattvas as beginners in learning. For this reason, heavenly DEVILS hate to listen to it, non-Buddhists find their ears offended, persons of the two vehicles are dumbfounded, and bodhisattvas flee in terror. That is why all these types of persons try to make trouble [for a practitioner of the Lotus Sutra]. The Buddha was not speaking nonsense when he declared that hatred and jealousy would abound."

Somehow doubtful, questionable, isn't it ?
but human search engines for truth are like that..
so Dan Barth's Buddhist monk was basically right, qu.e.d.

somehow funny but unrelated:
there had been also NINETY-FIVE theses that Martin Luther
nailed to the doors of the monastery church in Wittenberg in the year 1505, starting the reformatory movement against the Catholic Church.