Code of Honor
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Zen In The Dark Age
The latter half of the Ashikaga period was the age of arms and bloodshed. Every day the sun shone on the glittering armour of marching soldiers. Every wind sighed over the lifeless remains of the brave. Everywhere the din of battle resounded. Ou...
Zen Is Iconoclastic
For the followers of Bodhidharma, however, this conception of Buddha seemed too crude to be accepted unhesitatingly and the doctrine too much irrelevant with and uncongenial to actual life. Since Zen denounced, as we have seen in the previous chapt...
Zen Is Not Nihilistic
Zen judged from ancient Zen masters' aphorisms may seem, at the first sight, to be idealistic in an extreme form, as they say: Mind is Buddha or, Buddha is Mind, or, There is nothing outside mind, or, Three worlds are of but one mind. And it may al...
Zen Under The Toku-gana Shogunate
Peace was at last restored by Iye-yasu, the founder of the Toku-gana Shogunate (1603-1867). During this period the Shogunate gave countenance to Buddhism on one hand, acknowledging it as the state religion, bestowing rich property to large monaster...
The First Step In The Mental Training
The Next Step In The Mental Training
Life Consists In Conflict
Bodhidharma And His Successor The Second Patriarch
A Sutra Equal In Size To The Whole World
The Five Ranks Of Merit
Sutras Used By Zen Masters
Great Men And Nature
The Usual Explanation Of The Canon
Thing-in-itself Means Thing-knowerless
The Errors Of Philosophical Pessimists And Religious Optimists
The Introduction Of The So-to School Of Zen
Three Important Elements Of Zen
The Examination Of The Notion Of Self
The Method Of Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters
The Progress And Hope Of Life