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The Religion of the Samurai A Study of Zen Philosophy and Discipline in China and Japan   By:

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In "The Religion of the Samurai: A Study of Zen Philosophy and Discipline in China and Japan," Kaiten Nukariya provides readers with a comprehensive exploration of the Zen philosophy and its influence on the samurai in China and Japan.

Nukariya's work is a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the inner workings of the samurai spirit and how Zen played a crucial role in shaping their mentality. The author starts by unraveling the origins of Zen, tracing its roots from the Indian religion of Buddhism to its growth in China and eventual migration to Japan. This historical framework allows readers to fully appreciate the development and uniqueness of Zen in the samurai culture.

One of the book's strengths lies in Nukariya's ability to explain complex Zen concepts in a clear and concise manner. He delves into various primary tenets of Zen philosophy, such as mindfulness, vacancy, and direct perception, providing not only theoretical explanations but also practical examples for a better understanding. By exploring the physical and mental discipline required to practice Zen, Nukariya gives readers insight into how samurai warriors employed these principles to hone their skills and cultivate a strong mindset.

Nukariya also emphasizes the significance of meditation as a core practice in Zen, and the impact it had on the samurai's mental and spiritual growth. Through detailed descriptions of different meditation techniques, the author provides readers with step-by-step instructions, making it accessible for beginners as well as those familiar with the practice. This inclusion of practical guidance allows readers to immerse themselves in the experience and gain a deeper appreciation for the transformative power of meditation.

Furthermore, the author explores the connection between Zen and various aspects of samurai life, including their code of honor, aesthetics, and swordsmanship. Nukariya argues that Zen provided a philosophical foundation for samurai to cultivate discipline, focus, and a sense of detachment, crucial attributes in their path as warriors. By highlighting these connections, Nukariya sheds light on the holistic nature of Zen philosophy and its applications beyond the religious realm.

While "The Religion of the Samurai" is a valuable resource on Zen philosophy, it is important to note that the book predominantly focuses on the Japanese interpretation of Zen, specifically within the samurai tradition. As such, readers seeking a broader understanding of Zen across different cultures and historical contexts may need to supplement their reading with additional sources.

Overall, "The Religion of the Samurai" by Kaiten Nukariya provides an engaging and insightful exploration of Zen philosophy within the framework of samurai culture. Nukariya's lucid explanations, practical examples, and historical context make this book an excellent resource for anyone interested in delving into the profound teachings of Zen and their influence on the noble warriors of ancient Japan.

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This eBook was produced by John B. Hare and proofread by Carrie R. Lorenz.





Professor of Kei O Gi Jiku University and of So To Shu Buddhist College, Tokyo




(1) The Southern and Northern Schools of Buddhism (2) The Development and Differentiation of Buddhism (3) The Object of this Book is the Explaining of the Mahayanistic View of Life and the World (4) Zen holds a Unique Position among the Established Religions of the World (5) The Historical Antiquity of Zen (6) The Denial of Scriptural Authority by Zen (7) The Practisers of Zen hold the Buddha as their Predecessor, whose Spiritual Level they Aim to Attain (8) The Iconoclastic Attitude of Zen (9) Zen Activity (10) The Physical and Mental Training (11) The Historical Importance



1. The Origin of Zen in India 2. The Introduction of Zen into China by Bodhidharma 3. Bodhidharma and the Emperor Wu 4. Bodhidharma and his Successor, the Second Patriarch 5. Bodhidharma's Disciples and the Transmission of the Law 6. The Second and the Third Patriarchs 7. The Fourth Patriarch and the Emperor Tai Tsung 8. The Fifth and the Sixth Patriarchs 9... Continue reading book >>

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