The title of this blog is in reference to my life experience and path that I have taken on my own Martial and Spiritual journey. The “Buddhist” part of the title refers to my own religious beliefs that have developed over the past 35 years that I have been practicing, learning, and studying Buddhism. Ronin is both a nod to my martial arts training, the multiple styles and teachers that I have had over the years, and my attempt at synergy of the knowledge I have obtained. Since I am sure that there are many people out there that have been or are in the same situation of trying to learn these complex topics on their own I have decided to share my own experiences in the hope that it will help you through any stumbling blocks in your own training.
The definition of Ronin is:
This applies to my situation in that my life has been one of frequent movement and therefore much that I have learned has been a result of my own determination and effort. Simply due to moving often it is difficult at best to find a single teacher to dedicate oneself to and to learn a particular system in its entirety. Although this is generally thought of as being a bad thing it does have its own benefits. Each time you come across a new idea you can look at it objectively with an open mind rather than dis-regarding it outright because it does not seem to fit into your chosen system. This open mindedness also helped in trying to understand the foreignness of the concepts and all the cultural trappings of Buddhism from my western perspective. It was also helpful in understanding what Bruce Lee referred to as the “Classical Mess” of the traditional martial arts.
I do not claim to be an expert in either of these disciplines. I am just trying to share what I have learned along the way. I just think that experience is one of the best teachers and if I can share some of my experiences and it helps you in some way then it has been worth the effort! This blog is manly intended for people who are either new to Buddhism or the Martial Arts or those who are trying to learn and train on their own.