What does it mean to follow the Way of the Warrior, according to Bushido?
When I was 15 years old, watched a TV demonstration of Hankido, a martial art from Korea, based on Hapkido. I felt immediately attracted to it, and a few days later convinced one of my best friends to go and take a look, which resulted in almost 3 years of practice. This was my first conscious encounter with the Way of the Warrior.
Everything regarding martial arts and oriental philosophies filled my mind and my heart, and made me explore into them with big curiosity. This brought me naturally to Japanese warriors, the Samurais, and for the first time I had a feeling like, «maybe if there is a past life, I was surely one». Which is a very strange feeling, why somebody from a south american country, would feel such a big connection to a way of life originated in a very different country and time. There are not many logical explanations, but I am very sure that most of the people have had this «experience».
The Samurais, followed the Bushido, a philosophy originated in Japan, which mixed confucianism, shintoism (japanese shamanism) and zen buddhism. It reflects a very high standard of how a Samurai code of Life has to be and followed. The main teachings of it are resumed in 7 virtues that every Samurai (Warrior) should follow carefully and with discipline.
I believe that the Way of the Warrior, is a theme that captivates many, men and women equally. There are plenty of books, teachers and movies that talk about it. And I truly believe, that when you feel yourself so connected to something, you should study and try your best to understand it.
There are many philosophical and spiritual ways in our world, that explain how to follow the Way of the Warrior. Some of them very similar to each other, and I invite you to explore and have your own experience of what does it mean to be a Warrior.
Here I let you some books that could interest you, about Bushido and the Way of the Warrior.