At the end of the Earth
Book, Miyamoto lists nine principles by saying,, He
who wishes to undertake to study my Hyoho should be aware
of the following:
Do not harbour sinister designs. This means that one must think
correctly from a righteous viewpoint.
The way is training. Meaning, he implies that one must train
in everything and accomplish it in addition to the way of hyoho.
Miyamoto calls one thousand day practice Tan (hardening). Ten
thousand days Ren (practice). In other words, one thousand
days refers to three years and ten thousand to thirty. The intention
of Miyamoto is to explain that one must continue to seek the
Cultivate a wide range of interests in the arts. Miyamoto emphasises
not to limit ones learning only to Kenjutsu, but to devote
oneself whole heartedly to everything. The ten skills and ten
arts. Then one can definitely find the benefits of hyoho and
can develop oneself.
Be knowledgeable in a variety of occupations. He emphasises
getting acquainted with as many occupations and skills as possible,
and learn the thinking of many people who have work in them.
Be discreet with regard to ones financial dealings. Miyamoto
is advising one to know the difference between loss and gain
in worldly matters.
The Jisso Enman no Bokuto signifying the handing down of a Hyoho with no adaptation.
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Nurture the ability to perceive the truth in all matters. It
is important to build up an intuitive judgement and understand
Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye. This means
to strive to develop intuitive judgement and a mind can freely
control ones body.
Do not be negligent, even in trifling matters. This means to
pay attention, even to small matters. Keep them in mind all
the time, so as to avoid unexpected failure.
Do not engage in useless activity. Do not argue about useless
things. Concentrate on your own duties and give up other things.
As a result of
these nine principles which Miyamoto presents, one can live
in the world of Hyoho.
Miyamoto describing the fundamental principles
of the Hyoho as, profitable
measures are not limited to the
standard techniques of swordsmanship alone. He clarifies that
the utmost world of master swordsmanship is to establish oneself,
to guide others, to gain benefits, and to make peace with others.
Comparing the nine principles with hashodo
(the eightfold path), Shakamuni taught Buddhists the way of
aesthetic training. Both teach the same concepts. In the words of Bodhisatta, in order
to save people, one must serve an infinite number of Buddhas,
understand their thinking, and acquire them to oneself.
Miyamoto explains the nine principles
with his own words. Musashi the swordsman, mastered the utmost
spiritual awakening without using a sword. He developed
himself and reached the first stages of this world. Miyamoto
the hyohoist, describes himself in the section Iwao no
Mi (The body of a Massive rock) at the end of the Fire Book.
BODY OF A MASSIVE ROCK
When you have mastered
the way of strategy, you can suddenly make your body like a
rock, and ten thousand things cannot touch you. You will not
This is the oral tradition.
Body like a rock means that as soon as a swordsman reaches
the utmost world and is awakened spiritually, he is united
with natural law. Like a rock, the law does not refer to neither
objects or materials. The meaning of the massive body of rock
is, An immovable place, an immovable
mind which is free from other things, a natural, peaceful,
free ranging mind.
This state of mind is similar
to spiritual world of Shinran shown in notes from the Tanni-Sho.: Mugi
o motte gi to su. (In
order to recite the name of Amida, the practitioner must recite
it with the other power (referring to the power of a Buddha
instead of with the practitioners power). Shinran emphasises
the world in which we must surrender human intellect and leave
ones judgement to nature.
Thus Miyamoto reached the
body of a massive rock and was spiritually awakened. He reached Tsudatsui. What does Tsudatsui mean?