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


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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.



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