The fundamental philosophy of the samurai is that of detachment from the self. In the opening of Hagakure, Tsunetomo states that “the Way of the Samurai is found in death”. 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 are influenced heavily by two other prominent schools of thought of the time, Zen Buddhism and Confucianism.
Dickinson’s view on death reflects Lao Tzu’s opinions of death, both of them believe that death is the most normal thing in the world and death is not the end of the life; and people ought to treat death as a friend instead of fearing death. Even though Woolf’s attitude to death is not as friendly as Dickinson’s, she also believes that human beings should not fear of death, which is same as Dickinson. A scientific experiment did by Ducan can also support Dickinson’s view on death; the experiment proves that all human beings have souls, and souls will not die with people 's physical body but will leave the body and attain the eternal life. In conclusion, human beings are destined to die, but human’s spirit is able to have the eternal life. Therefore, it is unnecessary to be fear of the death, but welcome it as a friend, when it is
Lucretius believes if life is to be lived in serenity, death will arrive without care. Lao-tzu believes death is no different than life if one is living within the Tao, because through the Tao, everything is eternal. Ringing true throughout all beliefs is how one should live a happy and fulfilling life before it is over. Focusing on death steals time away from life, so one should not waste that valuable time. If one focuses on living their life to the fullest, they can leave it behind without regrets.
Not even the greatest warrior can escape death. We are all bound to it and regardless of who we are, we all must face it. This is what “By Inference” tries to explain in Buddhism. The idea of inference may be easy to grasp but perhaps not. We tend to idolize and put people who have become famous on this pedestal.
Their philosophy was one of freedom from fear(World Surfari-www), and for these reasons, The Samurai were the ultimate stoic warriors. The word samurai was derived from the Japanese word for service, saburau(Grolier Electronic Publishing, 1993), for they served their masters faithfully. They would die if necessary for them. The Daimyo or feudal landowners used the samurai to protect their land and to expand their rights to more land. The Samurai would transcend their fear of death, this made them the stoic warriors that they were.
Bushido was one of their beliefs and it was the conduct of the Samurai. Their main saying was "freedom from fear." A Samurai was expected to overcome his fear of death. This gave him the peace and power to serve his master faithfully and loyally and to die if necessary. Duty was his primary obligation.
I believe that death is a good thing because it offers the individual a way to change his or her form as a means to end impermanence. Surely, no one wants to commit suicide, but retaining an immortal body would, eventually, demand an end to existence (through death) that cannot be avoided. These factors define the purpose of death as a natural change in human existence, which should not be removed as a part of the life and death cycle of our
The film also emphasises the idea of bushido by showing the ronin’s blind loyalty towards their lord. Loyalty was definitely a factor that propelled them to avenge their lord but the film seems to ignore other possible factors and exaggerates their loyalty. In reality, the ronin were unwilling to die a “futile death” without achieving something (The Ako Incident: 1701-1703), which was what propelled them to take revenge rather than committing junshi. Hence, their motive was not purely to avenge their master but to achieve something in the last moments of their lives. In our opinion, there were also other factors that pressurized them to avenge Lord Asano like, their dependence on him.
Honor was of the utmost importance in Japan. The Japanese saw suicide as an honorable way to end one’s life and in doing so, the Samurai would much rather commit hara-kiri then face dishonoring their code and leaders. If a battle was lost or if there was no possibility of winning a Samurai would make a cut in their stomach and then a retainer would take off their head, successfully committing hara-kiri to prevent dishonor. This was not seen within the Arthurian
It is a circle of life, everyone is connected and “all goes onward and outward, nothing collapses” (Whitman). The soul is not altered by death and the body becomes one with the earth after death. He continues to insist that death is not to be feared because it is almost an adventure, saying, “to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier” (Whitman). Because people are not fully contained in their bodies, they live on. Most people do not know that the soul is immortal, and that causes fear of death.