Sen Nyo Rikyu: the Spirit of the Japanese Tea Ceremony — Spirit Tea

“Sen No Rikyu the founder of the Japanese Tea Ceremony committed harikiti or ritual suicide by disembowlemnet in 1591 at the order his lord Hidiyoshi. Just before he took his own life his own life he said ‘when I have this sword, there is no Buddha and no patriarchs.’He meant when we have the sword of big  mind, there is no dualistic world, and the only thing that exists is this spirit.

Source: Sen Nyo Rikyu: the Spirit of the Japanese Tea Ceremony — Spirit Tea

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Santhara – The Jainist Ritual of Fasting to Death | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

Every year, hundreds of Jains across India take up the onerous oath – some are monks, others are ordinary people. Interestingly, over 60 percent of the participants are female, and it is believed that women are more strong-willed than men. The practice is more popular with Jains who are ill or dying, but healthy people are also known to participate

Source: Santhara – The Jainist Ritual of Fasting to Death | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

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