Friday, December 28, 2007

Bushido and the Traditional Japanese Moral Education

The second speaker yesterday at the Mariana Islands International Baha'i Winter School was Nozomu Sonda from Japan, who spoke on "Bushido and Traditional Japanese Moral Education." Bushido translates as "the way of the warrior," and refers to the code of ethics of the Samurai. He did a Kendo demonstration (bamboo sword), and discussed how the code of the Samurai continues to influence Japanese moral development through the practice of Kendo, 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.

3 comments:

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I like the Confucian idea of respect between people. The respect here tends to flow in only one direction.

Marianas Eye said...

Which direction is that?

Marianas Eye said...

And how does "respect" manifest itself here?