The Samurai are role-models for honor, courage, valor & spirituality...

The Samurai are considered to be cool and popular icons in pop culture and can serve as positive role-models for today's youth and mainstream demographics. While we obviously no longer carry swords, we can certainly cultivate the Code of Honor, valor, compassion charity and spiritual discipline that the Samurai were known for as well as their sense of loyalty to a leader, a cause, a nation or even the Buddha Himself. The greatest Samurai warriors in history were devout Buddhists including Miyamoto Musashi who authored the Book of 5 Rings where he states that before his battles, he would salute the Buddha and then prostrate before Almighty Kannon - the Buddhist God of all gods. This ritual resulted in his winning a record 60 battles. Similarly, Yamaoka Tesshu would worship Almighty Kannon twice a day with flowers and incense and in a key battle, General Yoshiie prayed to Almighty Kannon and witnessed a miracle. Buddhism teaches us to take charge of our own destiny by mastering our Karma and then relying on the Grace of Almighty Kannon - who embodies the Law of Attraction, the Benevolent Cosmos and the Source of Courage, Confidence and Compassion in the fulfilment of our dreams.