A practical and spiritual guide for a Warrior

A practical and spiritual guide for a warrior

I came across the practical and spiritual guide for a warrior while reading through a book called Hagakure and cross referencing  for some information on the world wide web.

The teachings of the mythical Samurai and Ronin, Minamoto Musashi from the book of 5 rings. I’m a big fan of etiquette and love reading about these ancient codes of life, which to a certain degree still hold relevance in our modern life. Well 16) may no longer apply.

My inspiration came from testing an old manual Nikon Lens 105mm 2.5 on a Nikon D7000  DSLR with my subject a Shinai, Kendo Stick for a bit of afternoon fun.

A Practical and Spiritual guide for a Warrior ( Minamoto Musashi, Samurai and Ronin)

1)Accept everything just the way it is.
2)Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3)Do not give preference to anything among all things.
4)Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5)Be detached from desire your whole life.
6)Do not regret what you have done.
7)Never be jealous.
8)Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9)Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
10)Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
11)Do not seek elegance and beauty in all things.
12)Be indifferent to where you live.
13)Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14)Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15)Do not act following customary beliefs.
16)Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
17)Do not fear death.
18)Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19)Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
20)You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honor.
21)Never stray from the Way.
Reference to Dokkodo from Wikipedia

Kendo Club : Nenriki Kendo

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