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."