Interesting post Tomcat,
There does seem to be a discrepancy between Zen beliefs and Budo. A samurai would be expected to die for beliefs/honour etc, whereas Chuang Tsu (Taoist bloke)would have said that it is just the ego which makes you do this (but in a much more prosaic way e.g. his conviction that whether you are famous for being good or famous for being nasty, it is still just the ego).
hmmm, I don't know about this. I think tend to go for the self-sacrifice approach because it suits my personality more (therefore I am being my true self).