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Code of the Samurai by Daidoji Yuzan
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Jun 02, 07

really liked it
bookshelves: martial_arts

Given that Bushido is the code of conduct that Kokondo-ka follow, this modern translation of Bushido (Taira Shigesuke) was most instructive for me. Bushido, or the way of warrior, embodies seven principles: Benevolence, Courage, Justice, Honor, Loyalty, Politeness and Veracity.

What I appreciate most about this work is the expansion of discussion around these principles to include practical every day applications ~ for example, the admonitions around laziness are very sound:

"When you think you will be on the job forever, then trouble starts. You get bored, you become inattentive and lazy. You begin neglecting even urgent matters, to say nothing of less pressing affairs, putting them off to the next day or claiming that they've already been arranged, or fobbing them off on colleagues or flunkies. These are all mistakes that come from counting on having time in the future. You should be most wary of this." (pg. 86)
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