Since the Zen sect arrived in Japan during the Kamakura period, Zen temples have played the role of a place for samurai to study Bushidō and neo-Confucian philosophy.
By the Meiji restoration, the role of the temple as an academic place was much reduced, but it did not change even after the restoration, and among the so-called “right wing” who kept longing for Bushidō, Zen meditation held an important place.
Although he decided to become an activist of the armed communist party and dropped out of Tokyo Imperial university, Tanaka Kiyoharau who turned from leftist ideas to conservation, Tokyo Imperial University, Uesugi Shinkichi’s “emperor sovereign theory” was depressed, Uesugi after death, he studied under Inoue Nisyo, was questioned responsibility for conviction to the clan team case, and two of Yoshitaka Yotsumoto who served as prisoners, in the young age, Yamamoto Genpo who was a priest of Ryotakuji in Shizuoka prefecture I will refer to the footprints that became big fixers to move the successive regimes after the war based on what I realized through his experiences, from the standpoint of those who studied at the sect school of graduate schools of zen sect.
Traditionally, the original meaning attributed to the difficult expression “The Sequence of Death and Life is Orderly” found in The Record of Linji (“Instructions to the Assembly”) was “a phrase which describes the activity of somebody who acts properly according to circumstances and without hindrances, in any daily situation he/she would encounter, one after another.” In such an orderly sequence of death and life, the “four interactions between host and guest” are shown as skillful means.
Later, the comprehension and the interpretation of this expression have been influenced, from the point of view of the history of thought, mainly by the 41st case of the Blue Cliff Records (a work produced during the Song dynasty) and especially by Mujaku.
Dōchū’s The Dragnet of the Record of Zen master Rinzai Eshō, although generally relying on the views expressed in the “old commentaries,” nonetheless adds its own personal considerations.