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

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“Zen is completely free from the fetters of old dogmas, dead creeds, and conventions of stereotyped past, that check the development of a religious faith and prevent the discovery of a new truth. Zen needs no Inquisition. It never compelled nor will compel the compromise of a Galileo or a Descartes. No excommunication of a Spinoza or the burning of a Bruno is possible for Zen.”

Zen scholar Kaiten Nukariya's 1913 “Religion of the Samurai” focuses on Northern (Mahayana) Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism in particular. This important book provides a wealth of detail, as well as very lucid explanations of seemingly elusive Zen Buddhist concepts. It includes an essay on the 'Origin of Man' by Kwei Fung Tsung Mih, a notable Chinese scholar who was the seventh Patriarch of the Kegon sect.


Chapter I: History of Zen in China

Chapter II: History of Zen in Japan

Chapter III: The Universe is the Scripture of Zen

Chapter IV: Buddha, The Universal Spirit

Chapter V: The Nature of Man

Chapter VI: Enlightenment

Chapter VII: Life

Chapter VIII: The Training of the Mind and the Practice of Meditation

Appendix: Origin of Man: Preface

Origin of Man: Introduction

Chapter I: Refutation of Delusive and Prejudiced (Doctrine)

Chapter II: Refutation of Incomplete and Superficial (Doctrine)

Chapter III: The Direct Explanation of the Real Origin

Chapter IV: Reconciliation of the Temporary with the Real Doctrine

“As we shall see, this image of warrior Zen became increasingly romanticized toward the beginning of the twentieth century. Writing in 1913, the Zen scholar Kaiten Nukariya even went as far as saying that Zen monks and samurai were two sides of the same coin. Both lived with the same rules of discipline, the same spartan dignity, and the same ethos of mindful action.” -Thomas David DuBois, “Religion and the Making of Modern East Asia”

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