The Kodenkan Judo of Master Okazaki

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Exposition on the Confucian meaning of Sincerity

“Every student of Judo should realize that Sincerity is the foundation of all virtues…”

Ethic: 1. A principle of right or good conduct. 2. A system of moral principles or values.

Morality: 1. The quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct. 2. A system of ideas of right or wrong conduct. 3. Virtuous conduct. 4. A rule or lesson in moral conduct.

Confucius said (DotM), Ch. XX. 18), “Sincerity is the Way of Heaven. The attainment of Sincerity is the Way of men. He who possesses Sincerity, is he who, without an effort, hits what is right, and apprehends, without the exercise of thought; - he is the Sage who naturally and easily embodies the right Way. He who attains to Sincerity, is he who chooses what is good, and firmly holds it fast.”

(TCWay, p. 197, Lifu Chen) (Confucius said (DotM, Ch. XX), “…there is a way to the attainment of Sincerity in one’s self; if a man does not understand what is good, he will not attain Sincerity in himself.”

Confucius said (DotM, Ch. XXV), “Sincerity is the fulfillment of oneself and its Way is that by which man must direct himself. Sincerity is the end and beginnings of things; without Sincerity there would be nothing. In this account the Superior Man regards the attainment of Sincerity as the most excellent thing.”

Confucius said (DotM, Ch. XXV), “Sincerity is not only the fulfillment of our own being; it is that by which we also fulfill the nature of things. The fulfillment of our being is perfect virtue. The fulfillment of the nature of things is knowledge. These are the powers or faculties of our being. They combine the inner or subjective and outer or object use of the power of the mind. Therefore, with Sincerity, everything done is right.”

Confucius said (DotM, Ch. XXVI), “Hence the most complete Sincerity does not cease. Not ceasing, it continues long.”

Confucius said (DotM, Ch. XXII), “It is only he who is possessed of the most complete Sincerity that can exist under Heaven, who can fulfill his own nature. Able to fulfill his own nature, he can do the same to the natures of other men. Able to fulfill the natures of other men, he can fulfill the natures of animals and things. Able to fulfill the natures of creatures and things, he can assist the transforming and nourishing powers of Heaven and Earth. Able to assist the transforming and nourishing powers of Heaven and Earth, he may with Heaven and Earth form a ternion.”

Confucius said (DotM, Ch. XXXII), “It is only the individual possessed of the most entire Sincerity that can exist under Heaven, who can adjust the great invariable relations of mankind and establish the great fundamental virtues of mankind, and know that transforming and nourishing operations of Heaven and Earth; shall this individual have anything beyond his Sincerity to depend on?

His benevolence is genuine. His depth is like an abyss. His vastness is like Heaven. Who can have this knowledge except one who is possessed of true wisdom, a Sage’s knowledge and the comprehension of Heavenly virtue?”

Confucius said (DotM, Ch. I), “The cultivation of the Way is called instruction.”

Confucius said (DotM, Ch. XX), “The cultivation of the person is through the Way.”

 Researched and shared, 1990.

Prepared by: David A. Scheid