Sep 2, 2009

Twenty rules for lifelong training

Training for Chado is very similar to training in martial arts. Even though it is not as actively physical, Chado trains the body and strengthens character just like martial arts. It is a lifelong pursuit and if you do not train constantly, you lose your edge.

Early in their formal education, young samurai were instructed to brush a copy of the following rules and then sign and date the document as a lifelong pledge. I think it also applies to tea training.

  1. Never lie.
  2. Never forget to be grateful to one's Lord.
  3. Never forget to be grateful to one's parents.
  4. Never forget to be grateful to one's teachers.
  5. Never forget to be grateful to one's fellow human beings.
  6. Do nothing to offend gods, buddhas and one's elders.
  7. Do not begrudge small children.
  8. Do not burden others with your own troubles.
  9. There is no place for anger or rage in the Way.
  10. Do not rejoice in the misfortune of others.
  11. Do your best to do what is best.
  12. Do not turn your back on others and only think of yourself.
  13. When you eat, think of the hard work of the farmers who grew the food. Never be wasteful of plants, trees, earth or stones.
  14. Do not dress up in fine clothes, or waste time on superficial appearance.
  15. Always behave properly with good manners.
  16. Always treat everyone like an honored guest.
  17. To overcome ignorance, learn from as many people as possible.
  18. Do not study and practice the arts just to make a name for yourself.
  19. Human beings have good and bad points. Do not dismiss or laugh at anyone.
  20. Strive to behave well but keep good actions hidden and do not seek the praise of others.
From Budo Secrets, Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters by John Stevens.


  1. i think maybe that stands as a pretty good guideline to most lives.... nice to see things are still going ok!


  2. Mad,

    So nice to hear from you. Thank you so much for coming to read the blog and for staying in touch. Please give my regards to all at the fort. I miss them and will pop over there soon.
    Take care,