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Enlightened Consciousness
In addition to these considerations, which mainly depend on i...

Pessimistic View Of The Ancient Hindus
In addition to this, the new theory of matter has entirely ov...

The Five Ranks Of Merit
Thus far we have stated how to train our body and mind accord...

Epicureanism And Life
There are a good many people always buoyant in spirit and mir...

Flight Of The Sixth Patriarch
On the following morning the news of what had happened during...

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

The Sermon Of The Inanimate
The Scripture of Zen is written with facts simple and familia...

The Ancient Buddhist Pantheon
The ancient Buddhist pantheon was full of deities or Buddhas,...

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

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

The Absolute And Reality Are But An Abstraction
A grain of sand you, trample upon has a deeper significance t...

The Development Of The Southern And Of The Northern School Of Zen
After the death of the Fifth Patriarch the venerable Shang Si...

The Resemblance Of The Zen Monk To The Samurai
Let us point out in brief the similarities between Zen and Ja...

Where Does The Root Of The Illusion Lie?
Now let us examine where illusion lies hidden from the view o...

Difficulties Are No Match For The Optimist
How can we suppose that we, the children of Buddha, are put a...

Calmness Of Mind
The Yogi breathing above mentioned is fit rather for physical...

Everything Is Living According To Zen
Everything alive has a strong innate tendency to preserve its...

Man Is Both Good-natured And Bad-natured According To Yan Hiung Yo-yu
According to Yang Hiung and his followers, good is no less re...

Three Important Elements Of Zen
To understand how Zen developed during some four hundred year...

Man Is Neither Good-natured Nor Bad-natured According To Su Shi
(So-shoku). The difficulty may be avoided by a theory given ...




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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