The Legend of the Urban Samurai
“Hidden by the leaves”
In keeping with the spirit of Yamamoto Tsunetomo and the ‘Hagakure’, it is our place to identify the true meaning of the Modern Urban Samurai. In doing so we may find similarities in Bushido ‘the way of the warrior’, Zen Buddhism and ultimately the way of the Samurai. Merge East and West and unite under a new banner.
“I do not know the way to defeat others, but the way to defeat myself.”
Yagyu Tajima (1571-1646) Founder of the school of swordsmanship for the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Legend of the Urban Samurai
“A Samurai’s word is harder than metal. Since I have impressed this fact upon myself, what more can the gods and Buddahs do?”
A person is a good retainer if one has wisdom and talent and can use the appropriately.
Loyalty is said to be important in the pledge between lord and retainer. Though it may seem unobtainable, it is right before your eyes.
Self interest is weak, narrow and inefficient. It is difficult for a fool’s habits to change selflessness.
To give a person an opinion, one must first judge whether that person is of the disposition to receive it.
Setting ones heart right every morning and evening one is able to live as though his body were already dead, freedom is gained in this way. This is the substance of the way of the Samurai.
A real Urban Samurai does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards irrational death. By doing this you will awaken from your dreams. Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate.
Superiority is not just a matter of secret techniques.
It is because an Urban Samurai has correct manners that he is admired.
Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, this is not enough.
When one is writing a letter, think that the recipient will make it into a hanging scroll.
Whenever anyone is in unhappy circumstances, you should above all inquire after them by visiting or sending some gift. And you should never in your whole life be negligent towards someone from whom you have received a favor.
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