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Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
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Sutras Used By Zen Masters
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Everything Is Living According To Zen
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Zen And Idealism
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The Parable Of A Drunkard
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A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
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There Is No Mortal Who Is Non-moral Or Purely Immoral
The same is the case with the third and the fourth class of p...

Enlightenment Implies An Insight Into The Nature Of Self
We cannot pass over, however, this weighty problem without sa...

Shakya Muni And The Prodigal Son
A great trouble with us is that we do not believe in half the...

The Betterment Of Life
Again, people nowadays seem to feel keenly the wound of the ...

The Beatitude Of Zen
We are far from denying, as already shown in the foregoing ch...

There Is No Mortal Who Is Purely Moral
By nature man should be either good or bad; or he should be g...

Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
How, then, did philosophers come to consider reality to be un...

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

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

The Courage And The Composure Of Mind Of The Zen Monk And Of The Samurai
Fourthly, our Samurai encountered death, as is well known, wi...

How To Worship Buddha
The author of Vimalakirtti-nirdeca-sutra well explains our at...




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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