Art of Peace doka selections

The only cure for materialism is the cleansing of the six senses
(eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind).
If the senses are clogged, one's perception is stifled.
The more it is stifled, the more contaminated the senses become.
This creates disorder in the world, and that is the greatest evil of all.
Polish the heart, free the six senses and let them function
without obstruction, and your entire body and soul will glow.

Economy is the basis of society.
When the economy is stable, society develops.
The ideal economy combines the spiritual and the material,
and the best commodities to trade in are sincerity and love.

The Art of Peace does not rely on weapons or brute force to succeed;
instead we put ourselves in tune with the universe,
maintain peace in our own realms, nurture life,
and prevent death and destruction.
The true meaning of the term samurai is
one who serves and adheres to the power of love.

Daily training in the Art of Peace
allows you inner divinity to shine brighter and brighter.
Do not concern yourself with the right and wrong of others.
Do not be calculating or act unnaturally.
Keep your mind set on the Art of Peace,
and do not criticize other teachers or traditions.
The Art of Peace never restrains, restricts, or shackles anything.
It embraces all and purifies everything.

The Art of Peace is the principle of nonresistance.
Because it is nonresistant, it is victorious from the beginning.
Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished.
The Art of Peace is invincible because it contends with nothing.

To injure an opponent is to injure yourself.
To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace.

Always practice the Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner.

It is necessary to develop a strategy that utilizes
all the physical conditions and elements that are directly at hand.
The best strategy relies upon an unlimited set of responses.

A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.

The key to good technique is to keep your hands, feet, and hips straight and centered.
If you are centered, you can move freely. The physical center is your belly;
if your mind is set there as well, you are assured of victory in any endeavor.

If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries,
you can see right through them and avoid their attacks.
And once you envelop them, you will be able to guide them
along the path indicated to you by heaven and earth.

Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing.
Bravely face whatever the gods offer.

Protectors of the world
And guardians of the Ways
Of gods and buddhas,
The techniques of Peace
Enable us to meet every challenge.

Be grateful even for hardship, setbacks, and bad people.
Dealing with such obstacles is an essential part of training in the Art of Peace.

Failure is the key to success;
Each mistake teaches us something.

In the Art of Peace we never attack.
An attack is proof that one is out of control.
Never run away from any kind of challenge,
but do not try to suppress or control an opponent unnaturally.
Let attackers come any way they like and then blend with them.
Never chase after opponents.
Redirect each attack and get firmly behind it.

The real Art of Peace is not to sacrifice a single one of your warriors to defeat an enemy.
Vanquish your foes by always keeping yourself in a safe and unassailable position;
then no one will suffer any losses.
The Way of a Warrior, the Art of Politics, is to stop trouble before it starts.
It consists in defeating your adversaries spiritually
by making them realize the folly of their actions.
The Way of a Warrior is to establish harmony.

The Art of Peace can be summed up like this:
True victory is self-victory; let that day arrive quickly!
"True victory" means unflinching courage;
"self-victory" symbolizes unflagging effort;
and "let that day arrive quickly"
represents the glorious moment of triumph in the here and now.

The Art of Peace that I practice has room for each
of the world's eight million gods, and I cooperate with them all.
The God of Peace is very great
and enjoins all that is divine and enlightened in every land.

The Path is exceedingly vast. From ancient times to the present day,
even the greatest sages were unable to perceive and comprehend the entire truth;
the explanation and teachings of masters and saints express only part of the whole.
It is not possible for anyone to speak of such things in their entirety.
Just head for the light and heat, learn from the gods,
and through the virtue of devoted practice of the Art of Peace,
become one with the Divine.