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Philosophy of Shorinji Kempo
<Principle of Shorinji Kempo>
The Founder So Doshin established Shorinji Kempo in Japan in
order to make good and brave persons and to change the world
better by the power of achievement of these good and brave
persons. The Founder stated, "The person, the person, the
person, everything depends on a quality of the person." He
explained importance of developing good personality and the
making the world better through practicing Shorinji Kempo.
When Japan lost World War II in 1945, the rules of society, the
economy, and people's hearts as well were in turmoil in Japan.
The Founder Doshin So had many hard experiences in China and
Japan, and awakened to the knowledge that "The person, the
person, the person, everything depends on a quality of the person
who stand in positions of influence." The Founder considered that,
to build a peaceful world, "there is no other way than to cultivate
many people's deeply rooted compassion, great courage, and a
strong sense of justice."
Aiming at rebuilding people in body and spirit, and to transform
society through peaceful means, the Founder founded Shorinji
Kempo with the goals of "developing individuals through Shorinji
Kempo" and "constructing an ideal world." He emphasized
importance of developing good personality and making the world
better through Shorinji Kempo. Shorinji Kempo makes strong and
brave individuals through the practice. These individuals can
change the world better by the power of achievement which they
have acquired through Shorinji Kempo.
<What is "True Strength"?>
When we say "true strength," we do not mean the strength to
defeat an opponent in a fighting game, but rather a strength that
is founded on a sound self, a reliable self, and the strength to live.
To have "true strength" is to have established a reliable self. The
aim of the practice of Shorinji Kempo is to become an individual
who is strong both physically and spiritually. Through Shorinji
Kempo, we gain strong confidence and bring happiness, not only
to ourselves, but also to the people around us, by helping each
other, foster the capacity to confront injustice in society. Shorinji
Kempo aims to achieve such "true strength."
<Purposes of Shorinji Kempo>
1. Discipline (Gyou): All Shorinji Kempo members train body,
mind, and spirit through Shorinji Kempo practice including Zen
meditation. They practice intensely, enjoyably, and steadily.
Through Shorinji Kempo practice, people gain confidence, courage,
and vigor, and nurture a spirit of compassion and a sense of
justice. They acquire "true strength." This practice is called "Gyou
(Discipline)" in Japanese.
2. Self-Establishment (Jiko Kakuritsu): All the members earn body
strength, mind cultivation, spirit enhancement, and self-defense
through Discipline (Gyou). Shorinji Kempo does NOT hold
competitions, not make martial arts champions, but makes "bright
and brave leaders of a society."
3. Mutual Happiness for oneself and others (Jita Kyouraku): All the
members contribute well-Self-Established themselves (Jiko
Kakuritsu) to making this society better through various activities.
It is our motto: "Half for our own happiness, half for the happiness