Spirit Rock Cave In that cave he spent the final months of his life meditating and writing his views on the world. While secluded in the cave he wrote two works. The Go Rin No Sho he imparted with all of his samurai martial arts. Each of these books are the result of years of his life spent as a samurai and ronin. While the works themselves speak of Japanese culture and sophistication, especially in the warrior class, he also speaks of strategy, combat, and of the arts.
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Miyamoto Musashi was a Japanese swordsman, strategist, philosopher, ronin, and a writer. Musashi wrote it in preparation of his death and dedicated it to his favorite disciple. The Dokkodo The 21 Precepts of Dokkodo: 1.
Accept everything just the way it is. Some things just cannot be changed and must be accepted just as they are. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake. Do not get emotionally attached to pleasure. It makes you less human and more animalistic. If you did not understand the previous point, think of people who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or whatever. They have only one god — their fix. Pleasure in itself will not fulfill you. Satisfaction is secondary to purpose. Happiness is a by-product of achievement, self-understanding, and calmness.
Pleasure has to be earnt. When you chase pleasure for the sake of pleasure, you feel good without earning the rights the dopamine — it only fulfills the body, not the spirit.
Just take a look at the story of the Buddha. The man had everything. He was a prince. Something was lacking. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
A thoughtless attack leaves you open for a counterattack. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. Do not become a self-absorbed person. It only blinds your judgment. Create a working mental model of the world and constantly improve it as you gain more knowledge and experience. Be detached from desire your whole life long. An attachment to desire leaves you open to manipulation and mistake.
Do not regret what you have done. If you feel guilty over something, make a note of it and learn from that mistake. But never hold deep regrets over it. You cannot change the past. Never be jealous. Get inspired, not jealous. Jealousy is a waste of time. Jealousy only hurts you. Jealousy is a trap because wants are infinite.
Never let yourself be saddened by a separation. Attachment is different from love. Separation is inevitable. People come and go. Men and women live and die. The only constant is God. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself or others.
Once again, resentment and the problem mindset only slows you down and decreases happiness and calmness — not good. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
Both love and lust affect your judgment adversely. People have sacrificed everything: money, reputation, and freedom in a moment of desire and lust. It was never worth it. In all things have no preferences. An open mind will enable you to have broad and varied experiences. Sticking only to what you know makes you a fish in a small pond.
Be indifferent to where you live. Refer once again to the life story of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. You can run your business from anywhere that has an internet connection. Do not pursue the taste of good food. Musashi was a warrior. Food is just a way to get nutrition and energy. The taste is secondary. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
Musashi was a wanderer. The more you carry, the harder and riskier your way becomes — both physically and metaphorically. Do not act following customary beliefs. Think for yourself. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful. Mind you that a warrior in wrote this. In the modern-day, code and machines can do highly specialized tasks for you. Do not fear death. Fear of death makes warriors weak. Treat life like you would treat a sparring match — be unafraid, calm, and focused — this will maximize your chances of victory.
Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age. Musashi was a Ronin, i. Having no resources does not appear to be good advice for the modern day. Definitely save money for your old age. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
God helps those who can help themselves. Always strive to do the best you can. Never depend on luck. People who rely on luck fail because they have no plan.
You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour. The Japanese value honor over life. Honor can be regained, but if you lose your dice you can never play again. Never stray from the Way. When you genuinely believe in something, go all in. You have less time than you think.
I found it to be an interesting and honest view of life — hope you found it useful too.
Dokkōdō: The Path Of Aloneness
While Go Rin No Sho is the most acclaimed, he also wrote another short book a week before he died in This book consisted of only 21 precepts or commands for living life. It was written in preparation of his own passing, during a time he was giving away all his possessions, he also wished to give away his knowledge. When you seek pleasure, it should be from something lasting and present, not something fleeting and detrimental. We all seek pleasure, but we would be wise to focus on the pleasures that last for lifetimes.
Miyamoto Musashi's Dokkōdō: A Ronin's 21 Laws of Life
No busques el placer por su propio bien. Evitar buscar los placeres del cuerpo. Bajo ninguna circunstancia, no dependas de un sentimiento parcial. No tengo parcialidad por nadie ni nada.