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the Martial Way
the Martial Way: A Code of Life
the ages, men of power have inevitably come
to realize the vital necessity of a personal
code of conduct to control and guide their
use of force, and thus insure the preservation
of their honor and integrity. An elevated
state of spiritual awareness cannot be maintained
with the abuse of power. Here follows a general
guide by which one may better cultivate his
potential and live a fuller, more meaningful
The Modern Samurai is not one who goes to
war or kills people, but one who is dedicated
to the creation of a more vivid peace.
• The Modern Samurai honors the traditional
samurai virtues: loyalty, integrity, dignity,
courtesy, courage, prudence and benevolence.
• The Modern Samurai seeks to prevent
violence of every type or, should violence
occur, to transform it into harmony.
• The Modern Samurai takes full responsibility
for his or her actions.
• The Modern Samurai pursues self-mastery
through will, patience and diligent practice.
• The Modern Samurai respects and
values the human individual and the entire
web of life on this planet. To serve others
is of the highest good. To freely give and
accept nourishment from life is the warrior’s
• The Modern Samurai seeks the inner
freedom that comes from the study of art,
culture, and the wisdom of the ages.
• The Modern Samurai reveres the spiritual
realm that lies beyond appetites and appearances.
• The Modern Samurai aims to achieve
control, yet acts with abandon.
• The Modern Samurai is willing to
take calculated risks to realize his or
her potential and further the common good.
• The Modern Samurai realizes that
being a warrior doesn’t mean winning
or even succeeding. It does mean putting
your life on the line. It means risking
and failing and risking again, as long as
• The Modern Samurai cherishes life
and thus conducts his or her affairs in
such a manner as to be prepared at every
moment for death.
Rendered by George Leonard – 1998
Each individual must choose – to live
according to his current nature and not grow
further, or to mold his life to his will,
and evolve toward the potential of his being.
P. S. WIMBERLY