Edgar, First of all, I personally wouldn't use a samurai as an example of someone acting in accordance with Buddha Nature, but I know that is the idealized and romanticized mythos that is popular today.
To answer your question: yes, a samurai (or anyone else) who prepares for a particular situation CAN act from Buddha Nature, however I'd think that would be more difficult to do than if he had NOT prepared in advance. But, it is not impossible if he acts with a clear mind (Buddha Nature). I think, however, you are not properly extending the zen component to your idealized samurai when you state that with preparation he could act more 'efficiently'. Efficiency implies a goal against which results of your actions can be measured. The idealized, enlightened zen-monk/samurai would not have a goal. He would practice his swordsmanship for the same reason I practice zazen: not to achieve a goal (like enlightenment or victory or maintaining honor), but because that is an expression of Buddha Nature. The outcome of that practice is not the point, it is just the practice. Just THIS! ...Bill! From: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:zen_fo...@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Edgar Owen Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:45 PM To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: The Reason For God Bill, The samurai prepares for such a situation in advance. Do you claim he can't then act from Buddha Nature when the time comes? Just the opposite, by preparing his body is tuned to act as it needs in the moment far more efficiently than if he had not trained. Edgar ------------------------------------ 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: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: mailto:zen_forum-dig...@yahoogroups.com mailto:zen_forum-fullfeatu...@yahoogroups.com <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: zen_forum-unsubscr...@yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/