An Analysis on Hagakure Essay

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One of the most fundamental philosophies of the samurai is that of detachment from the self. This detachment allows for a freedom from fear, which is essential to the samurai warriors. In the opening of Hagakure, Tsunetomo states that “the Way of the Samurai is found in death”. These rank among the greatest and most well known phrases in Japanese history, and in fact in the history of the world. Death is not to be feared by the samurai, it is to be embraced. The relationship between the samurai and his master is of the utmost importance, and only through detachment can the samurai fully and properly serve his master. These are two core, fundamental philosophies of bushido, and both can are reminiscent of similar ideologies in Buddhism,…show more content…
Because of this, Buddhists do not fear death, because they do not fear the loss of one's life or identity. This fearlessness in death can be paralleled with the samurai. This freedom from fear is consistent throughout all of the samurai's life. Whatever the daimyo tells a samurai to do, he will do regardless of personal risk. By detaching himself from the thought of risk, or of danger or death, and of the worry of morality, the samurai is able to remain more loyal to the daimyo. Complete loyalty is only possible through detachment from personal risk, morality, and to a lesser extent thought. Other parallels between Buddhism and bushido can be drawn also, particularly in the concept of no thought. Zen Buddhism teaches of a concept called no thought, or “no-thought”. This is, of course, not a literal absence of thought. It is rather a detachment from the thoughts of one’s own mind. This is echoed in Hagakure, in the doctrine of “No Mind”. “No Mind” is a mind that is pure, free of anger, fear or self-importance. A mind that is not occupied by complications such as emotions or worrying about the morality of a situation, is open to anything, and is a state in which a person is totally free to react to an opponent quickly and decisively. This state is essential to a samurai, and without it he cannot serve his master to the best of his ability. This no

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