This is the meaning of the Zenshida'i: to create a modern, semi-monastic brotherhood for those interested in the Way of the Warrior. The idea sounds strange; it is certainly not for everybody. But some of us- a very, very selective few of us- need that very thing. Because that need, that longing and that passion, is both meaningful and necessary- at least to us.
Men are deeply tribal. We need war in some fashion; we need conflict and conquest. But we need religion as well- that is, a purpose for the war. And so- at least in this regard- there is nothing in the world that compares to the monastic warrior traditions of the East. The West, of course, has had its own warrior traditions throughout history. However, those traditions have almost all of them been military in character; few of them have been religious- the Crusaders being a notable exemption to that rule-, and are religious none that exist today.
This is the fundamental quality that characterized the Eastern warrior tradition versus the Western warrior tradition: The warrior traditions of the East were far more often hybrid traditions entailing elements both religious and military- as was the case with both the Shaolin & the Samurai. And it is precisely this fusion of religion with the warrior tradition that we hope to resurrect. Such a goal is hardly easy to attain; it will almost certainly end in failure. However, like any worthwhile goal, it is worth the risk.
Zenshida'i training, therefore, includes components both military and meditative. And its philosophical foundation is rooted in the Mahayana tradition of China, which is essentially Buddho-Taoist; even our physical-structural techniques are Buddho-Taoist. The goal is the development of the human being in his totality- that is, to become a zhēnrén (Mandarin: literally, "a real person"). But this is not a naturally-occurring process; our humanity- the real, deep humanity that lies within all of us as a kind of hidden potential- must first be cultivated. Such cultivation, however, does not come easily; sacrifice is necessary.
And if there is any kind of person in the world that understands sacrifice, it is the warrior.
Welcome to the Zenshida'i.
~ Joshua van Asakinda