Bushido: The awakening of Japan’s modern identity

Opinions are divided when it comes to Japan’s current Constitution, issued during the U.S. Occupation of 1945 -52: Is it an American imposition that unfairly refuses to recognize the nation as a “normal country” or a precious war-renouncing document that reflects Japan’s unique status as the only country to have experienced the horrors of a […]

Zen’s sudden awakening to the truth beyond reason, beyond language

Rabbi Zusia tramped through his native Poland — this admittedly is an odd way of introducing a story about Zen — collecting money to ransom Jews unjustly imprisoned, victims of the rampant anti-Semitism then prevailing. At a wayside inn he saw birds in a cage. Zusia, simple soul that he was, promptly freed the birds. […]

Zen: The Four Noble Truths

The eightfold path First, we’ve beent taught that Life is suffering and that the origin of suffering is egoistic craving and attachment. But, there is a way to the cessation of suffering. And this way is the Eightfold Path: Right Understanding;Right Thinking;Right Speech;Right Attitude;Right Livelihood;Right Effort;Right Mindfulness;Right Concentration The Four Noble Truths (Sanskrit: catvāri āryasatyāni; Pali: cattāri ariyasaccāni) […]