The Samurai Creed

The Samurai Creed is a big part of my life. This should surprise no-one. It offers a perspective from which to view life and one’s place in it.


I have no parents; I make the Heavens and the Earth my parents.

I have no home; I make the dan t’ien (the body’s centre) my home.

I have no divine power; I make Honesty my divine power.

I have no means; I make Docility my means.

I have no magic power; I make Personality my magic power.

I have neither life nor death; I make a um (regulating the breathing) my life and death.


I have no body; I make Stoicism 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 Promptitude my limbs.

I have no laws; I make Self-Protection my laws.


I have no strategy; I make the Right to Kill and the Right to Restore Life my strategy.

I have no designs; I make Seizing the Opportunity by the Forelock my designs.

I have no miracles; I make Righteous Laws my miracles.

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 talent; I make Ready Wit my talent.

I have no friends; I make my Mind my friend.

I have no enemy; I make Incautiousness my enemy.

I have no armour; I make Benevolence my armour.

I have no castle; I make fudoshin (immovable mind) my castle.

I have no sword; I make mushin (empy mind) my sword.


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