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The Samurai of Japan: and their Ideal

The Samurai of Japan: and their Ideal

CHAPTER VIII. The Samurai of Japan: and their Ideal THE Samurai of Japan afford another instance of the part played by the Uranian love in a nation’s life, and of its importance; and what we know of their institutions resembles in many respects those of the Dorian Greeks which we have just described. This Order of Knighthood, as it may …

Bushido, the Soul of Japan

CHAPTER VIII HONOUR THE sense of honour, implying a vivid consciousness of personal dignity and worth, could not fail to characterise the samurai, born and bred to value the duties and privileges of their profession. Though the word ordinarily given nowadays as the translation of honour was not used freely, yet the idea was conveyed by such terms as na …

The Japanese Sword

Katana wa Bushi no tamashii. (The Sword is the Soul of the Samurai.) GREAT as has been the estimation in which the sword has always been held throughout the world, and numerous as are the legends con- cerning famous blades, nowhere has the symbol of knighthood and the lore of the sword attained so high an eminence as in Japan. …

The Historical Roman Sword

The Historical Roman Sword

The word Gladius comes from Latin language that means ‘sword’. Gladius holds a very strong history in the Roman civilization. It was a very important weapon of the Roman warriors who used it excessively in their major battles. A Roman sword was commonly known as Gladius. Gladius is a Latin word that means “sword”. It was a very important weapon …

Weapons of Middle-earth

Weapons and armour of Middle-earth are found in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth fantasy writings, such as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.Wars and battles are featured in much of Tolkien’s writings, and weapons and armour are often given special attention.[2] Tolkien modelled his fictional warfare on the Ancient and Early Middle periods of history. His …

Legend of the 47 Ronin

The story of the 47 Ronin is one of the most celebrated in the history of the samurai. This was perhaps all the more so because it occurred at a time when the samurai class was struggling to maintain a sense of itself – warriors with no war, a social class without a function. The tale could be said to …

The Education and Training of a Samurai

THE first point to observe in knightly pedagogics was to build up character, leaving in the shade the subtler faculties of prudence, intelligence and dialectics. We have seen the important part æsthetic accomplishments played in his education. Indispensable as they were to a man of culture, they were accessories rather than essentials of samurai training. Intellectual superiority was, of course, …

The Sword, The Soul of the Samurai

BUSHIDO made the sword its emblem of power and prowess. When Mahomet proclaimed that “the sword is the key of Heaven and of Hell,” he only echoed a Japanese sentiment. Very early the samurai boy learned to wield it. It was a momentous occasion for him when at the age of five he was apparelled in the paraphernalia of samurai …

Bushido: The Eight Precepts

Ethical teachings such as the virtues of the Buddhist Eightfold Path and the precepts of Bushido can help inspire us to live a noble life. “Bu-Shi-Do translates as Military-Knight-Ways, the ways which fighting nobles should observe in their daily lives as well as in there vocation. In short, Precepts of Knighthood.” “Bushido is a lesson on living a noble life. …

The Training of the Mind

THE TRAINING OF THE MIND AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION 1. The Method of Instruction Adopted by Zen Masters.–Thus far we have described the doctrine of Zen inculcated by both Chinese and Japanese masters, and in this chapter we propose to sketch the practice of mental training and the method of practising Dhyana or Meditation. Zen teachers never instruct their …