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Bushido and the Traditional Japanese Moral Education

Posted Nov 21 2008 4:27pm
The second speaker yesterday at the Mariana Islands International Baha'i Winter School wasNozomu SondafromJapan, who spoke on "Bushido and Traditional Japanese Moral Education." Bushidotranslates as "the way of the warrior," and refers to the code of ethics of the Samurai. He did a Kendodemonstration (bamboo sword), and discussed how the code of the Samurai continues to influence Japanese moral development through the practice ofKendo, which is one of the "sports" practiced by many Japanese high-school students. Bushido has its sources in Zen Buddhism, Shinto and Confucianism. The eight primary virtues of Bushido are

  1. Rectitude/Justice

  2. Courage

  3. Benevolence
  4. Politeness

  5. Veracity/Sincerity

  6. Honor

  7. Loyalty

  8. Self-Control

He explored the meaning of each of these in both the context of the Samurai and in the context of modern Japanese society, and highlighted commonalities with the virtues extolled in the Baha'i Faith as well as other world religions.

What are the sources of moral education in our traditional cultures? We've recently had hot discussion of "respect" as the foundational moral cultural value for Pacific Islanders and specifically the Chamorro culture.

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