Monday, December 27, 2010

Creed of the Bushi

The Samurai or Bushi Creed was originally composed circa 1300 in Japan.  By reading it, one can see that it's rooted in Buddhist belief and is also a great code to live by in day-to-day life.  I try to read it on a regular basis for inspiration and self assurance.   So, without further ado,  I present the credo below.

I have no parents; I make heaven and earth my mother and father.
I have no home; I make awareness my dwelling.
I have no life and death; I make the tides of breathing my life and death.
I have no divine power; I make honesty my divine power.
I have no means; I make understanding my means.
I have no magic secrets; I make character my magic secret.
I have no body; I make endurance my body.
I have no eyes; I make the flash of lightning my eyes.
I have no ears; I make sensibility my ears.
I have no limbs; I make promptness my limbs.
I have no strategy; I make 'unshadowed by thought' my  strategy.
I have no designs; I make 'seizing the opportunity by the forelock' my design. 
I have no miracles; I make right action my miracle.
I have no principles; I make adaptability to all circumstances my principles.
I have no tactics; I make emptiness and fullness my tactics.
I have no talents; I make ready wit my talent.
I have no friends; I make my mind my friend.
I have no enemy; I make carelessness my enemy.
I have no armor; I make benevolence and righteousness my armor.
I have no castle; I make immovable mind my castle.
I have no sword; I make absence of self my sword.

As in the words of Miyamoto Musashi (from The Book of Five Rings), "You should practice and investigate this well." 


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