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The Characteristics Of Do-gen The Founder Of The Japanese So To Sect
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The Social State Of Japan When Zen Was Established By Ei-sai And Do-gen
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The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
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Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
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Zen After The Restoration
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Idealistic Scepticism Concerning Objective Reality
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All The Worlds In Ten Directions Are Buddha's Holy Land
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The Five Ranks Of Merit
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Introduction Of Zen Into China By Bodhidharma
An epoch-making event took place in the Buddhist history of C...

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The Honest Poverty Of The Zen Monk And The Samurai
Secondly, the so-called honest poverty is a characteristic of...




Zen After The Restoration








After the Restoration of the Mei-ji (1867) the popularity of Zen
began to wane, and for some thirty years remained in inactivity; but
since the Russo-Japanese War its revival has taken place. And now it
is looked upon as an ideal faith, both for a nation full of hope and
energy, and for a person who has to fight his own way in the strife
of life. Bushido, or the code of chivalry, should be observed not
only by the soldier in the battle-field, but by every citizen in the
struggle for existence. If a person be a person and not a beast,
then he must be a Samurai-brave, generous, upright, faithful, and
manly, full of self-respect and self-confidence, at the same time
full of the spirit of self-sacrifice. We can find an incarnation of
Bushido in the late General Nogi, the hero of Port Arthur, who, after
the sacrifice of his two sons for the country in the Russo-Japanese
War, gave up his own and his wife's life for the sake of the deceased
Emperor. He died not in vain, as some might think, because his
simplicity, uprightness, loyalty, bravery, self-control, and
self-sacrifice, all combined in his last act, surely inspire the
rising generation with the spirit of the Samurai to give birth to
hundreds of Nogis. Now let us see in the following chapters what Zen
so closely connected with Bushido teaches us.






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