I am about to commence a read through of the classic text – Hagakure – Way of the Samurai.
You can easily find the text as a pdf via the GoogleMachine.
My intention is to progressively examine the text and select passages that appeal to me – either because they are profound, challenging, funny or crazy. I will include my thoughts on each passage and am hoping that you will share your perspective in the comments section, either on my blog, or below.
If there is enough interest I will compile the results into a free ebook and will acknowledge all contributors. The ebook publishing will be subject to meeting copyright rules.
Hope you join me on the read through and gain some insights for yourself, your students and for your life or business.
Ben Paul Owens – Corporate Samurai
Way of the Corporate Samurai
Read through of Hagakure – Way of the Samurai
Hagakure means hidden beneath falling leaves.
“The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance.”
This quote makes me harden my resolve. The reference to death may not be appropriate in the modern world, but the directness and simplicity of approach is certainly a lesson for our increasingly complex world. My thoughs:
- Be resolute
- The Way of the Corporate Samurai is found in life.
- Simplicity of action
- Set a plan, be determined and execute
“This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai. If by setting one’s heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.”
This extract has several prescriptions for me to consider. Again the theme is simplicity and directness, but other gems hide within. The following came to mind:
- Self-examination and self-assessment
- Set daily goals, act, assess and reset
- Detachment from things that do not matter
- The distinction between the body and the heart (will/mind/spirit)
What do you think? Your perspective is valued by me!
I am long standing martial artist and management consultant. I teach and train in ju jitsu. I live in Sydney, Australia