The Seven Virtues of Bushido

(This is here as a quick reference for my L5R players)

The Seven Virtues of Bushido are:

  • Gi (Honesty and Justice) – Set lies aside. A samurai does not make honesty or justice a matter for debate; he knows that there is only truth and falsehood, justice and injustice.
  • Rei (Polite Courtesy) – A samurai is neither a bully nor a brute killer. He must treat his enemies with courtesy.
  • Yu (Courage) – Only fear of death can destroy life; the samurai replaces it with an understanding of danger.
  • Meyo (Honor) – Praises and curses are not what defines honor; the samurai reserves his judgement for himself.
  • Jin (Compassion) – Just as the farmer does not grow crops merely to fill his own belly, the warrior does not fight for himself alone. A samurai must be constantly aware of the duty to protect others.
  • Makoto (Complete Sincerity) – A samurai’s words and his actions are one and the same. To ‘promise’ would be redundant.
  • Chugo (Duty and Loyalty) – Actions and their consequences define those who take them. The samurai’s loyalty to those that he guards for is unshakeable.

More info: http://l5r.wikia.com/wiki/Bushido

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