Do you really believe that the Zen monks who served feudal warlords 
were intinerant hapless indigents who walked around the country side 
begging for food??

I have seen enough samurai movies to get the feeling that those in 
power were regarded by the popular culture of Japan as being very 
arrogant and autocratic. That is another way to look at all those koans 
where Bankei or some other guy is popping someone on the head with a 
stick or cutting their hands off. 

I read this book a long time ago, it was called Was Musashi Murdered? 
It had a different take on what was going on back in the medieval 
Japan. It basically took the view that all the same kind of corrupt 
people have existed throughout time, and that you have to read the 
history books and records based on the fact that the truth is often 
hidden under the propaganda. After all, history is written by those in 

Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are 
reading! Talk about it today! 
Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

<*> Your email settings:
    Individual Email | Traditional

<*> To change settings online go to:
    (Yahoo! ID required)

<*> To change settings via email:
    mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
    mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:

<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:

Reply via email to