Kokora Research Paper

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The Art of Celerity

“In the Hands of Destiny” is not a traditional koan, but more of an inspirational story. When engaging in any endeavor it is always better to rely on planning than on luck. However, luck often gets credit for inspiration. In ancient Japan the term kokoro meant the refusal to back down from a threat. This did not mean being foolish or cavalier, but meant that the core of an individual's being must be entirely involved for any activity to be successful. Kokoro was the driving force for commitment to a cause or outcome. The main overriding principle of kokoro is the universal concept of mushin. Of course like many things, the Japanese ideal of mushin is derived from swordsmanship. The mind, no-mind philosophy of mushin
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Possibly, this concept is just as cryptic and impenetrable as Zen itself. In its most basic comprehension, satori means "awakening." A western mind may think of this as enlightenment. Yet if you reflected on the koans in this book, then you learned something about your own unique interpretations and unconscious thoughts. This kind of self-awareness is the heart of satori. Ancient Japan had a history of instability. Oda Nobunaga was one of the few daimyo (fiefdom magistrates) in the late 16th century who attempted to unify Japan. Born in 1534, Nobunaga had to fight for legitimacy early in life. During his time, leadership was fixed and unyielding. With the agenda of overthrowing the Shogun, not only was he fighting against cultural norms, but also an overwhelming force. His victory ushered in a new era of autonomous barons (daimyo) who ruled over their fiefdom with some degree of freedom. Granted, this is a heroic story laden with excellent artifacts and also an inspiring anecdote, but the message is simple. Nobunaga was a real person who really did this, and his victory was not magic. He planned it well, knew what he had to do, and did it with full vigor, capacity, and spirit. Unquestionably, this is the art of execution. Undoubtedly, there will always be conflict. Nobunaga's genius was in making his subordinates do what they did best, and convincing them they could do it without his…show more content…
Realistically, any situation where you almost died would be a pivotal moment. Intense moments where focus is heightened are often the most are memorable ones. Envisioning that each moment is crucial is an interesting approach to modern awareness. Unlike dueling, in business there are plenty of chances to fail quickly and recover. Yet often there is hesitation to do so. Like all samurai in his era Yamamoto Tsunetomo was an administrator and also a warrior. Yet after a political situation the leader he diligently served was killed. Being barred from committing ritual suicide as tradition dictated, he retired, changed his name and “was hidden under leaves.” His treatise, Hagakure (hidden under leaves) primarily contains anecdotes about real samurai. His pivotal text was written in an era of great change, but was not widely known. Yet due to his notoriety he was sought out. Allegedly, any one allowed to learn from his text was to burn it after it was read. Ancient samurai were the most highly educated individuals in their society, but also trained to be lethal when called upon. I think Tsunetomo explained the common ideal of being committed to a specific cause better than anyone I have ever read
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