I am my own refuge and source of strength.
On whom may I rely if not myself?
With self wisely disciplined I find a
truly rare and precious fountain of strength.

By doing evil, I contaminate myself.
By not doing evil, I purify myself.
Purity and contamination come from within,
and others cannot purify my heart.

OATH (Seigan)

We pledge to follow the principle of Shorinji Kempo
in practice and in daily life.

To affirm the founder.
To be honest with our teachers.
To respect those above us.
To not disdain those behind us.
To give as well as receive help.
To cooperate, and
To give ourselves to contributing to the way.

We pledge to set aside our personal preoccupations
in learning this are as if we were new-born children.

We pledge to use this art only to help people,
never for our reputation or profit.

CREED (Shinjo)

Mindful that our spirit comes from Dharma and our bodies from our parents, we acknowlege our debts and express our gratitude by applying ourselves to the full.

We resolve ourselves to making the country worthy of love by improving the lives of its people.

We resolve to become men and women of true courage who love justice, foster peace, respect humanity, and act with decorum.

We strive to improve the world by practicing the principles of Kongo Zen, strengthening ourselves mentally and physically, and sharing this purpose with others in mutual friendship, respect, and support.

This translation is the one given in the official Fukudoku-hon, ©1993, World Shorinji Kempo Organization.

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