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Old 08-27-2015, 06:35 PM   #5
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Re: Creed of Tokugawa Ieyasu

Ethan Weisgard wrote: View Post
I received a copy of the following Creed in Japanese from one of my Iwama Dojo sempai. We have it on the wall of our Dojo. I am posting the English translation ( not my translation, for your information ) I find it very inspiring. What are people's thoughts?

Creed ( Jinseikun) of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542 - 1616)

Man's life is like making a long journey with a heavy burden. One must not hurry.

If you regard discomfort as a normal condition, you are not likely to be troubled by want.

When ambition arises in your mind, consider the days of your adversity.

Patience is the foundation of security and long life; consider anger as an enemy.

He who only knows victory and does not know defeat will fare badly.

Blame yourself, do not blame others.

The insufficient is better than the superfluous. (Realize your limitations. It is the biggest dew drop that falls first from the leaf.)
Damn, I wish I had read this fifty years ago, I would have been much happier with my lot in life.

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