Japanese Logic from the English Heart of Tradition

Periodically in the British newspapers there is a quotation from some Japanese official report on Japanese educational standards. Sometimes it is said that the standard in mathematics is very high compared to that of the rest of the world, but that the...

Warukuchi from the English Heart of Tradition

It is difficult to translate the Japanese word warukuchi into English; as often in translation, there is no exact equivalent. The dictionary gives various words: abuse, slander, calumny, defamation, scandal, backbiting. But no single one of them is exactly right....

It Likes That from the English Heart of the Tradition

When we are small children, we ask a great many questions, and some of them are very difficult to answer. The parents do not know what to say; often they do not know the answer themselves. For instance, a small child asks his mother when out on a walk: “How high is...

North-South-East-West from the English Heart of Tradition

In the British Broadcasting Corporation weather forecasts, the English phrase ‘here and there’ comes often. For instance, a forecast may say: “The snow which fell in the north of England yesterday has now mostly melted, though there are still some patches of snow here...

Losing to Oneself from the English Heart of Tradition

Do you hate to lose in a game? Most Japanese seem to. There is a passage in Kawabata’s novel Meijin, where the great master of igo gives a few lessons in shogi to an American tourist when they are on a train journey. The American is a beginner, and has no chance of...

Cruel to be Kind from the English Heart of Tradition

You have to be cruel to be kind: this is an old English saying. Perhaps there is a connection with the Japanese traditional idea of kitaeru, but it is not the same. An example of the English saying would be when a small child refuses to learn to read, and is very...

English Heart of Tradition Foreword

In these essays, I have tried to introduce readers not only to new English word and phrases, but also to English ideas. All travellers know this experience: we speak to a foreigner, and he says a sentence which we understand perfectly. But we do not know what he...

The Japanese way of thinking and the talking Dog.

There is an old English joke about a shepherd and his talking dog. In the long weeks of solitude on the sheep pastures of the north of England, a shepherd out of boredom taught his dog to speak. A theatrical impresario heard of this and succeeded in getting the...

The Japanese way of thinking and pull and push

In Japan when a man retires he may be given a sort of “consultant” job, in which he can still meet his former colleagues even once a week. His advice is often useful to them, as also his friends in other departments or other companies. There is a good deal of tact in...

The Japanese way of thinking and Chin

 Research into the physiology of Judo movement has established that pulling in one’s chin helps the reflexes in a pulling action, whereas to reinforce a push it is helpful to thrust the chin out and forward. In Seoinage for instance, it is best to pull in the chin...

The Japanese way of thinking and international images

 Japanese people seem to be rather interested in what foreigners like the British think of Japan, so let me give a brief answer. The romantic stories of Lafcadio Hearn and others, and the influence of Japanese art over nearly a century, is have given the impression...

The Spirit of Fair Play and Sportsmanship

Fight someone your own size I have often been asked by foreigners where they can read about the British traditions of " fair play" and "sportsmanship". (I call them British traditions because most foreign languages have adopted these British words; this fact shows the...

Our civilization to-day is in danger of becoming fact- ridden

Everyone born within the last two generations has seen in his lifetime such far-reaching changes that the world has literally become a different place from the one which his father grew up in. The power to master our environment that we now possess has to many seemed...

Materialists scoff at the ascetics, saints and monks

Human beings are complex. One can describe them as having a body, a mind and a spirit, all of which have to be cared for and none of which can afford to be neglected without a resultant disharmony which expresses itself as suffering in the individual and unrest in...

China was not saved from the Mongols by the Great Wall

It is a matter of deep concern to all reflective persons, that in both international and domestic politics, self-interest is the keynote. Each nation for itself, each party or class for itself, each man for himself, is the principle which at present guides human...

Mount Chittrakut

As the intoxicating perfume of the rose lingers where once it bloomed; as the notes of the sweet winged creatures are heard in memory, after they have flown; as the holy “OM” of the Ganges penetrates into the deep woods and stirs the hearts of the anchorites engaged...

What is the essential me ?

The most important factor determining man's thought and action is his view of his own nature. What he thinks himself to be colours his world-view and determines his action at a profound level. Indeed Ernest Hocking holds that the history of mankind from age to age can...

Uniformity is not unity.

Since the dawn of time, the voice of truth has proclaimed the unity of creation for those who had ears to hear, and thousands of years ago the great Seers, plumbing the mystery of existence, re-echoed its strains in the exalted language of the Upanishads, so that man...

Adhyatma Yoga is not Escapism

“Escapism” is one of the most damning terms in use to-day. It implies the shirking of moral and physical responsibilities, the lack of courage and fortitude to face life and its complexities—often self-made—and the building up of a mental world which does not...

We are too preoccupied with trivialities

The French philosopher Ballanche believed that the world was the thought of God, written down for man to read, though few were able to decipher the script and most had lost the faculty of divining its meaning, though the text lay before them. This conception was not...

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