A monk came to say good bye to Ch'an master Niaowo (Bird's Nest). He said:
-Thank you, Sir, for everything you've done for me. Now I got to go.
-Where will you go?
-Any place where I can learn Buddha dharmas.
Posted on Apr.14.2008 @ 04:22AM EDTbyhamish26
Hey all, I was just curious about what sort of information there was out there about the influence that Zen Buddhism had on the Samurai warriors in Japan. And of this influence was it mostly of the Soto or Rinzai sect? thanks
The only book I've read on this topic is The Japanese Art of War. The author is Thomas Cleary. If you go to Amazon.com, there seem to be a few books available, one called Samurai Zen by Scott Shaw, one called Samurai Zen: The Warrior Koans by Trevor Leggitt and another called Zen and the Way of the Sword by Winston King. If you search under "Samurai Zen," quite a few choices pop up.