Oct 14 2008

Reader Question #1

Published by at 1:23 pm under Questions for Anton

I have received a question.

I was hoping you could talk about the foundation of peace and what you think it is.  The reason I am asking this is because of the following quote ‘Know that the secret of Tai Jutsu is the foundation of Peace.  If you learn this, you can walk the path of the immovable heart’.

I was hoping that the question would be specifically about training and not about some philosophical concept that I will answer in a way, which no one will understand.  It is not like I am a philosophical Tai Jutsu master or anything like that.  All that said I put myself out there with each post so here we go.

I will not get into a debate about the foundation of peace for nations.  I am sure that this is a debate that can be better handled for those whom are well studied and experienced.  So how can I as a citizen of Canada live a peaceful life?  What does this have to do with the secret of Tai Jutsu.  I heard Hatsumi Sensei say that he hopes to make enough good people (good natured I am guessing) strong so that those whom are bad will not be able to act without fear or action.

Is it enough just to defend yourself?  Will you have an immovable heart if you are safe but you see cruelty to others and stand by without action?

Right before the line that was provided as part of the question came the following.

The tradition of the Bujinkan recognizes nature and the universality of all human life, and is aware of that which flows naturally between the two parts:

All human life includes the scum that would threaten the life of those whom you hold dear.  Can you maintain fudoshin while dealing with someone like this?  Can you see the value in the life of such an abhorrent individual?  Can you spend 5 minutes to help a stranger, or can you put your life on the line to help.

Anyhow I know I didn’t answer the question as much as asking more questions.  I guess that means I do not know the secret.  I invite anyone to please give your feedback on this question.  Oh and if you have training questions ask those.  I am better at those.

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