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Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms an...

Enlightened Consciousness Is Not An Intellectual Insight
Enlightened Consciousness is not a bare intellectual insight,...

Retribution In The Past The Present And The Future Life
Then a question suggests itself: If there be no soul that sur...

Enlightenment Is Beyond Description And Analysis
In the foregoing chapters we have had several occasions to re...

Change As Seen By Zen
Zen, like Hinayanism, does not deny the doctrine of Transienc...

Each Smile A Hymn Each Kindly Word A Prayer
The glorious sun of Buddha-nature shines in the zenith of Enl...

The Parable Of A Drunkard
Now the question arises, If all human beings are endowed with...

The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
An eminent Chinese Buddhist scholar, well known as Ten Dai Da...

Real Self
If there be no individual soul either in mind or body, where ...

Do Thy Best And Leave The Rest To Providence
There is another point of view which enables us to enjoy life...

Personalism Of B P Bowne
B. P. Bowne says: They (phenomena) are not phantoms or illus...

The Third Step In The Mental Training
To be the lord of mind is more essential to Enlightenment, wh...

The Law Of Balance In Life
It is also the case with human affairs. Social positions hig...

The Next Step In The Mental Training
In the next place we have to strive to be the master of our b...

The Parable Of The Robber Kih
Chwang Tsz (So-shi) remarks in a humorous way to the followin...

Idealism Is A Potent Medicine For Self-created Mental Disease
In so far as Buddhist idealism refers to the world of sense, ...

Zazen Or The Sitting In Meditation
Habit comes out of practice, and forms character by degrees, ...

Zen After The Downfall Of The Ho-jo Regency
Towards the end of the Ho-Jo period, and after the downfall o...

Buddha The Universal Life
Zen conceives Buddha as a Being, who moves, stirs, inspires, ...

The Buddha Of Mercy
Milton says: "Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt; Sur...




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.





CCHAPTR THE UNIVERSE IS THE SCRIPTURE OF ZEN






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