Masochistic Perceptions, Trials and Truths

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A Meditation

The following I found to be worth meditating upon: they are the Self-Precepts and Nine Articles by the celebrated swordsman and Zen artist, Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) who also wrote The Book of Five Rings.

Զ Do not violate the laws of society.
Զ Do not seek comfort for your person.
Զ Do not play favourites (be free of bias).
Զ Think lightly of yourself and deeply about worldly affairs.
Զ Do not have many desires throughout your life.
Զ Have no regrets regarding personal affairs.
Զ Do not be jealous or envious of others’ affairs.
Զ Do not grieve when you have to separate yourself from something or someone.
Զ Do not begrudge yourself or others
Զ Do not think about falling in love.
Զ Do not become infatuated with physical objects.
Զ Do not wish to settle down.
Զ Do not take fine food for yourself.
Զ Do not pile up possessions.
Զ Do not overvalue the things you have.
Զ Do not become obsessed with having splendid weapons.
Զ When following the Way, do not be afraid of dying.
Զ Do not hoard money for your old age.
Զ Venerate buddhas and gods but do not rely on them.
Զ Abandon self-interest, and do not seek fame or fortune.
Զ Never separate yourself from the Way of a Warrior.


  • At 9:47 a.m. , Blogger auntiegrav said...

    I find that change often comes from violating #1, however. #4 Demands it.

    Is "Self Precepts and the Nine Articles" a book title?

  • At 5:58 p.m. , Blogger Real-E said...

    It's more a scroll translation, often found in various anthologies of Martial Arts. The "Book of Five Rings" is an actual book/treatise like Sun Tzu's "Art of War", etc.

    If I could make a couple recommendations to anyone interested in getting a fairly decent basic-non-new-age approach to Buddhism, I'd recommend "Hardcore Zen" by Brent Warner or "The Heart of The Buddha's Teaching" by Thich Nhat Hahn.

  • At 12:28 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Took a simple bit of Christian faith an complicated it. Somehwere these must meet if Truth is Absolute! nodrog after noon.

  • At 8:17 p.m. , Blogger firedawg said...

    Have you listened to any of Ram Dass's tapes?

  • At 8:32 p.m. , Blogger Real-E said...

    No, but I've seen his books and tapes in the shop. I've heard pretty good things about his writings and ideas. My fav writer/poet of the Buddhist genre is Thich Nhat Hahn. Incidentally, one of his students is the junior monk at the Truc Lam Temple that I sometimes go to for meditation.

  • At 10:27 a.m. , Blogger Jetting Through Life said...

    I really liked this post... thanks.



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