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Buddha Dwelling In The Individual Mind
Enlightened Consciousness in the individual mind acquires for...

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...

Nature And Her Lesson
Nature offers us nectar and ambrosia every day, and everywher...

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

The Irrationality Of The Belief Of Immortality
Occidental minds believe in a mysterious entity under the nam...

A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The holy writ that Zen masters admire is not one of parchment...

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

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

No Need Of The Scriptural Authority For Zen
Some Occidental scholars erroneously identify Buddhism with t...

Zen And Idealism
Next Zen makes use of Idealism as explained by the Dharmalaks...

Universal Life Is Universal Spirit
These considerations naturally lead us to see that Universal ...

The Mystery Of Life
Thus far we have pointed out the inevitable conflictions in l...

Man Is Not Good-natured Nor Bad-natured But Buddha-natured
We have had already occasion to observe that Zen teaches Bud...

Life And Change
Transformation and change are the essential features of life;...

Where Then Does The Error Lie?
Where, then, does the error lie in the four possible proposit...

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

Nature Is The Mother Of All Things
Furthermore, man has come into existence out of Nature. He i...

The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
Thus far we have described the doctrine of Zen inculcated by ...

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...

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




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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