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December 20, 2013


The Code of the Bushido, also known as “The Way of the Warrior” dates back to 17th century Japan at least in that wording. It refers to the traditional code of the Japanese samurai, stressing honor, self-discipline, bravery, and simple living. There are seven virtues of the Bushido; rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honor, loyalty, and honesty. All of this prepared one for a ‘good death’, one in which the person died with one's honor intact, the ultimate aim in a life lived according to bushido. We may not swing a sword or fight hand to hand, but life can be a battle. Keeping the bushido values in mind would go a long way to helping us stay on the path of the Dao.