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The Bushido Code

The Bushido Code

BUSHIDO AS AN ETHICAL SYSTEM.Chivalry is a flower no less indigenous to the soil of Japan than its emblem, the cherry blossom; nor is it a dried-up specimen of an antique virtue preserved in the herbarium of our history. It is still a living object of power and beauty among us; and if it assumes no tangible shape or form, it not the less scents the moral atmosphere, and makes us aware that we are still under its potent...

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HISTORY OF ZEN IN JAPAN

HISTORY OF ZEN IN JAPAN

HISTORY OF ZEN IN JAPAN 1. The Establishment of the Rin Zai School of Zen in Japan.--The introduction of Zen into the island empire is dated as early as the seventh century; but it was in 1191 that it was first established by Ei-sai, a man of bold, energetic nature. He crossed the sea for China at the age of twenty-eight in 1168, after his profound study of the whole Tripitaka for eight years in the Hi-yei Monastery the then centre...

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THE TRAINING OF THE MIND AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION

THE TRAINING OF THE MIND AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION

1. The Method of Instruction Adopted by Zen Masters.--Thus far we have described the doctrine of Zen inculcated by both Chinese and Japanese masters, and in this chapter we propose to sketch the practice of mental training and the method of practising Dhyana or Meditation. Zen teachers never instruct their pupils by means of explanation or argument, but urge them to solve by themselves through the practice of Meditation such problems as--'What is Buddha?' What is self?' 'What is the...

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ESSENTIAL ADVICE ON MEDITATION

ESSENTIAL ADVICE ON MEDITATION

ESSENTIAL ADVICE ON MEDITATION excerpts from Teachings by Sogyal RinpocheWhen you read books about meditation, or often when meditation is is presented by different groups, much of the emphasis falls on the techniques. In the West, people tend to be very interested in the "technology" of meditation. However, by far the most important feature of meditation is not technique, but the way of being, the spirit, which is callled the "posture", a posture which is not so much physical,...

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