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The Religion of the Samurai

A Study of Zen Philosophy and Discipline in China and Japan

By Kaiten Nukariya


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

PRODUCTION NOTES: Originally scanned in 2000, this was reformatted in 2009 to bring it up to site standards. Because this was one of the earliest texts scanned at this site, it lacks page numbers, and the footnotes are interspersed with the body text, Project Gutenberg style.

--J.B. Hare, May 9th, 2009

Title Page
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