In the early 1970s, my husband developed a course he called “Bushido.” He based it on “the way of the Samurai.” I will be sharing with you his teachings that are as relevant today as they were when he first brought them out. The next several blog posts will be from Dick Sutphen’s Bushido Master of Life Training. My husband is truly a Master of Life. (And by the way, he is fine - just confined to home and a little bored!)
Historically, Samurai were spiritual warriors: men and women known for their strength of character, tranquility and detachment. In their acceptance of reincarnation, they rose above the fear of death. Although the Samurai are gone, their spirit remains in the thinking of the concepts (Zen, Tao, Wu-Wei) that were the force behind their power.
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
There is a Zen koan which describes three men observing a flag fluttering in the breeze.
One man says, “The flag is moving.”
The second man says, “The wind is moving.”
The third man says, “You are both wrong; it is your mind that is moving.”
As you observe your life, it is your mind that is moving, creating the illusion that your world of reality exists as it does. Zen perceives all as a unity: life is a whole and you are simply a part of it. Dualities such as you and me, material world and spiritual world, right and wrong, success and failure, moral and immoral do not exist. In removing the dualities there is nothing to worry about, for all is perfect tranquility. However, to experience this, you must detach from your illusions about reality and recognize that it exists only as that which you experience. You can experience reality as a hostile separateness or a tranquil oneness. It is up to you.
It is this detachment that allowed the Samurai to rise above the effects of fear and also allows some people to be perfectly tranquil in the midst of noisy, crowded or chaotic environments. They go into themselves and are not touched.
NOTHING TO SEEK
There is nothing to seek and nothing to find. You are already enlightened, and all the words in the world will not give you what you already have. The wise seeker, therefore, is concerned with one thing only: to become aware of what he already is, of the True Self within.
Truth is not what we discover, but what we create.
Peace and Light,