You do not make this easy do you…
I had to ponder on this all day and then dug into the dustier corners of my mind to see what I could offer up.
Precepts of a Peaceful Warrior
The martial arts have always been deeply rooted in Buddhism and Taoist practice. This is evident in the warrior codes, precepts and tenants of the various martial arts traditions. The following precepts are combined from the various warrior mind philosophies that I have been taught and researched over the years — from training and study of the martial arts. I apologize since I can not recall the original sources.
The Warrior strives to reach above himself, his false perceptions, his adversaries… His highest achievement is not one of victory, but one of absolute truth.
(See… warrior does not mean one HAS to ever pick up / use a weapon.)
A warrior, once a warrior, will always be a warrior.
A warrior is the epitome of controlled compassion & controlled violence.
A warrior speaks from the pure heart and mind, transcending the ego.
A warrior is one of great discipline.
A warrior is a man of few words, refraining from speaking without reason.
A warrior has not the luxury for excuses.
A warrior recognizes the differences between the meaningful & trivial.
A warrior can never afford fear, he lives in poverty of fear.
A warrior learns how to defend before the attack.
A warrior continues to develop the skills of his trade without end.
A warrior seeks unity of mind, body, & spirit.
A warrior understands the merits of compassion.
A warrior pursues a knowledge of all things, regardless of nature.
A warrior’s profession is war, his product is peace.
A warrior integrates the practice of truth within all his day to day activities.
A warrior sees the truth within himself, within his adversaries, within the world.
A warrior is not separate from all things, but strives to flow as one with all things.
A warrior is as water taking the shape of its container.
A warrior places the lives of those innocent & weak above himself.
A warrior knows pain, sadness, joy, & solitude.
It is my opinion that there are many many peaceful warriors around us everyday.
The single mom busting her backside to feed, clothe, support her family.
The doctors working multiple shifts in the emergency wards.
ALL the folks who responded to 9/11 in every way… great and small.
And so many more… who are living each day as best they can with what they have and not bitching and moaning as they Live their Way.