The Way Alone

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Each time I enter the School of Budo I see this framed version of Musashi’s Dokkodo (独行道), translated in different ways as “The Way Alone” and even “Going My Way.”  There is much here for study.

Wikipedia has the 21 Precepts set out in Dokkodo like this:

  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.

 

But Hyoho.Com has a much more in depth and detailed explanation of the precepts and what they meant to Musashi as he wrote them – as researched and translated by a practitioner of Musashi’s hyoho or martial tradition, the Niten Ichi-ryu.

Dokkodo

 

 

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