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Samurai Zen: The Warrior Koans


Samurai Zen: The Warrior Koans

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    Available in PDF Format | Samurai Zen: The Warrior Koans.pdf | English
    Trevor Leggett(Author)
Samurai Zen brings together 100 of the rare riddles which represent the core spiritual discipline of Japan's ancient Samurai tradition. Dating from thirteenth-century records of Japan's Kamakura temples, and traditionally guarded with a reverent secrecy, they reflect the earliest manifestation of pure Zen in Japan. Created by Zen Masters for their warrior pupils, the Japanese Koans use incidents from everyday life - a broken tea-cup, a water-jar, a cloth - to bring the warrior pupils of the Samurai to the Zen realization. Their aim is to enable a widening of consciouness beyond the illusions of the limited self, and a joyful inspiration in life - a state that has been compared to being free under a blue sky after imprisonment.

Trevor Leggett was the former head of Japanese Service of the BBC in the UK

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  • PDF | 216 pages
  • Trevor Leggett(Author)
  • Routledge; 2 edition (20 Mar. 2003)
  • English
  • 6
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Guest on 14 July 2005

    This book on the samurai koans is an interesting read to all those interested in bushido and zen buddhism. I am however slightly disappointed with its layout- I am a firm believer in the law of parsimony, keeping things simple, and feel that a brief introduction followed by the koans themselves would have worked well. As it stands the books content is mildly intimidating, which is a shame because the topic of zen and its simplicity should not make you feel this way.

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