Monday, December 13, 2010
Seven Virtues of Bushido: Introduction
Although the book Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo written in the early 18th Century, (1700's) claims samurai of the day have seemed to abandoned such ideals, (probably the result of many samurai becoming master-less after a long period of peace), the code is still something to live by like the samurai of old.
The Code of Bushido consists of seven virtues:
Gi righteousness, rectitude, right conduct;
Yu bravery, courage
Jin benevolence, humanity
Rei respect, courtesy
Makato honesty, sincerity
Chu loyalty, devotion
In this series of articles, I will explain each virtue of Bushido in detail and how we can all benefit from living by such a code. Not only for the martial artist, but for any person.