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The Way of the Samuria
Transcript of The Way of the Samuria
Who are the Samurai?
How does Zen Buddhism contribute to their beliefs?
How should we respond?
Samuria- The Japanese feudal military aristocracy. A proffessional warrior. The Samurai Started out as farmers that were trained by there landowners to protect there property. These farmer warriors were called "Bushi" Bushido is translated, "The way of the warrior" and is the code that the samuria live by. Bushido is influenced by: Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, and Zen 考えなさい The main use of Zen and Zen philosophy for the samurai is its ability to help eliminate all fear and anxiety in the minds and souls of the warriors. The way of Zen teaches one to “know ones self” The Story Of Gautama Within this story is the key concept and idea of Zen Buddhism. That enlightenment cannot be achieved through the teaching of a teacher. It cannot be achieved through reading of scriptures. Enlightenment is something that must be achieved solely on the realizing of ones self only by the power of ones self. It is more of an awareness of whom one is 考え
“ To hear the whole symphony one must concentrate on the flow of notes and harmonies as they come into being and pass away, keeping one’s mind constantly on the same rhythm. To think over what has passed, to wonder what is about to come, or to analyze the effect upon oneself is to interrupt the symphony and to lose the reality” 交響曲 When we talk about meditation as it relates to Zen Buddhism we are really just saying that it is a discipline that must be practiced on a regular basis in order to culture or develop a realization of prajna. Prajna is “intuitive knowledge and power” 力 “Learning meditation is to cast off body and mind. It is not necessary to burn incense, prostrate oneself, recite the name of Buddha, perform repentance or chant sutras. If you concentrate on meditation, your main purpose will be attainted” Zen Buddhism is a means for the samurai to become completely one with mind and sword. 剣 According to the Great Master Tendo Nyojo, “Learning meditation is to cast off body and mind. It is not necessary to burn incense, prostrate oneself, recite the name of Buddha, perform repentance or chant sutras. If you concentrate on meditation, your main purpose will be attainted” The Tea Ceremony How to respond to Zen
The dedication that Zen practicers have should be admired.
Salvation can not be achieved by human power
True tranquility can only be found through Jesus
Show Christ through our dedication and our actions to and in the name of Jesus.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 4:32-5:2