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by Modern Adversary

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Ichi-go ichi-e: “one time, one meeting”

the Japanese saying describing an encounter that happens only once in a lifetime and should be treasured because it will never happen again. Often translated as “one chance in a lifetime.”.

Yes.

The 21 precepts of Dokkodo by Modern Adversary

Dokkodo (獨行道), the “Way of Walking Alone” or the “Path of Aloneness”, was written by Miyamoto Musashi before his death. In it, he listed 21 precepts or ideas. These are rules that are so simple and yet to complex at the same time. Think about them.

  1. Accept everything just the way it is.

  2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.

  3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.

  4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.

  5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.

  6. Do not regret what you have done.

  7. Never be jealous.

  8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.

  9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself or others.

  10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.

  11. In all things have no preferences.

  12. Be indifferent to where you live.

  13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.

  14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.

  15. Do not act following customary beliefs.

  16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.

  17. Do not fear death.

  18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.

  19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.

  20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.

  21. Never stray from the Way.