The Bufu moves our sails in several directions, but it is the heart who must steer on the right direction, must be the Budoka who canges the direction of the sails for the ship will reach port. To go in the path of benevolence or to cross the path with virtudes, its called Gyotoku.
In the budism it can be translated as the virtudes of the practitioner, of the one who follows the path. As like in Budo, I find of such importance this aspect of achieving virtudes while training. The Keiko, the training, is the flame who feeds our body, our intelect and our spirit.
To go, gives me the idea of continuing, of flowing (nagare 流れ) . To follow the path is the escence of Bufu Ikkan, and being able to adapt to infinit changes in this “going” reminds me the famous and inportant teaching of banpen fugyo万変不驚 (infinit changes, without surprise)
In this going, sometimes the warrior loses love ones, in this going one leaves a lot behind, but you get to learn that following a path, means to live the present with total conciesness and Gratefulness, being preparated for infinit changes, that knowing from where you come from is important, as it is to thank people and situations that allowed us to receive the valious present, the “now”. Equally, to be able to see who are at our side every step of the way, and who will give his hand for us to go forward.
I feel that it’s important the fact of being in the “now”, also aware that the accomplished virtudes are merits of the own effort, but that our interdependence with hundreds of people, allowed us to learn and cherish the important things in life. A virtude of the “now” also is being able to learn to detached from the situations, things and people who are not worthy having close our space, but that in the end where necessary for our journey and learning.
The path of gyotoku is filled of ego traps, which as food for itself, can make us believe more than our own capacities. To detach from the achieved virtudes is important, as they won’t overcrowd the ego.
Maintain the peace flowing in the “going”, is of high value to convert periods of virtuous times. Perhaps, thinking in the virtue as a river that flows in times of peace, can have some connection with the Tokugawa Jidai 徳川時代 (Japanese Period of 1600-1867). This way, being able to find peace in the heart of the warrior, upon infinite changes (banpen Bushinwa 万変武心和).
Over-believing can be good to project ourselves into the future, knowing that we still have a lot to learn and travel, but this shouldn’t be a “cause” of the abandon fo the unconscious of the present. A mind, should have faith and belief in the future, but being close enough while living the present. A warrior, a student of the path (Bugeisha) bust be an artist of it’s own enthusiasm of traveling and apretiate the walking, rolling, jumping and training with happiness. The motivation may come from hundreds of places and people, but they must awake the precious treasure of one’s inside, as something individual, characteristic, and remarkable of a daily life.
Inert Strenghts, are the ones that don’t apply in the path. Gyotoku refers to being able to make yourself day by day, of the antagonistic experiences and discover that problems can be confronted, accepted, comprehended, and if they can… be solved.
Many times, we take rigid Kamae, that won’t allow us to see clearly the enviroment, something so rigid and structured which doesn’t give place for us to empty ourselves and accept that many things that happen to us cannot be avoided. I feel that if one take Ma Ai 間合い (Right distance) into a heart position (Kokoro Gamae 心 構え) we can open ourselves and accept everything more broadly.
To accept makes me think in adaptability, and to adapt makes me feel the conection of flowing according to changes in evolution.
I affirm that in order to walk the path, is necesary to have in mind the reference of the main three virtudes (Santoku 三 徳) courage, wisdom and benevolence. This way the person is doing himselft while walking, in a peregrins flowing with intuition and dignity.
This in Japan is known as (Saitoku 才 徳) which can be translated as “Intelligence and virtue”.
This article has no other motivation than sharing my point of view in the “going”, knowing with joy that soon… I’ll encounter in the path with many of the readers, for sharing the frienship and the martial winds of the Bujinkan.