First of all, spelling mistakes are possible. I am a 20 year old girl from Belgium who normally speaks Dutch. I hope I chose the rights words for you to understand. Because I need some opinions.
I live my life the way I want as much as possible, yet feel in the need to find a mentor along the way. But I wonder where could I find someone like that, a mentor, teacher, sensei ? Of course there are older people around here in my village but No wise japans Buddhists with long swords (if you know what I mean). What do these mentors look like in modern society.? Or are they only to find in different developed countries come to religion and lifestyle?
What do you guys think? Maybe you had the same problem and found a solution?
If you wonder why I need a mentor. I want to be a ninja, or I am one in training already. Depends on how you see things. One day I was sick of believing that being a ninja is only possible in Comics of movies. So I started my training… physically and mentally. I began simple, started doing muay thai fighting, learning new things, meditation, experimenting with drugs, my fears, and social skills, acting more crazy … and just being more solid.
Now I came to a point where I need someone who can show me my errors an gives me missions. Or I have the feeling I’m going to get stuck on life. And I don’t want to become stuck.
I’m looking for the same thing. I think finding someone who you find wise and who inspires you would be a good start. Then you just ask that person questions and voilà, you’ve got your sensei. Most people are happy to teach, help and advise. It’s like a compliment to them. Does anyone have other ideas on getting a mentor/sensei/teacher?
@nan0fire, I like this idea. Find someone whom you deem wise and fit enough to be your mentor. You just need someone who you think can actually guide you into being a better person. As for being a ninja I’m not too sure modern day society quite needs them anymore. I think that’s what the c.I.a. is for haha. Find an ex-agent. But what you can do is start your own dojo or something. Its not enough to just want to do it yourself. Spread the idea and spread your knowledge and wisdom
oh, and an allegedly old “zen” saying: “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” be aware. notice.
@nonanarunoon, I think that YOU want to be a sensei and I don’t think that YOU need a sensei to become this teacher – did the buddha attain enlightenment at the guidance of a sensei? No he did not. Did that stop him from teaching though, nope.
“Actually, if the story “Siddhartha” is somewhat accurate, then the Buddha did have various teachers.”
He spotted a cadaver on the side of the road. 7 years later, he was superman.
The answer is clear – Go to your local morgue, or find a spade.
@ahawk91, However, i believe that I can still be a ninja, even in modern day society. Because hey, modern society has more things they don’t need but still have. Like money digging politicians, or murderers, … . So modern society wouldn’t care. And this way, I can play my part following my beliefs and live the way I think the world will be a better.
I really like the dojo idea tho.. Like in the movie fightclub but a bit more ninja style. Peolpe could learn from me and i could learn from them, but not just fighting of course. Yet I hope to find a person, who trains me, gives me missing, not just advice. ^^
@danfontaine, I didn’t really expected to get reaction to this post, let along nice answers like yours.
The only way I would become a sensei is when I have something worthy of teaching. But at the moment it feels like I still have still so much to learn. You never have this feeling?
@nonanarunoon, Well of course. I don’t know what to tell you there. All I know is there isn’t anything to learn? Just work on becoming your heart. Being versed in esoteric literature will help you convey messages people can understand, but again there is nothing to understand.
A blackbelt would help I think. Martial Arts are badass. So are dancing, painting and yoga, etc.. Maybe it will be that you invent a new discipline. These are things that will draw people toward you.
And if you are looking for a sensei you’d be intelligent to seek him/her out within a discipline like these.
You won’t find him walking down the street – maybe you will. That would be badass too.
Just put yourself out there and don’t complicate this stuff for yourself and don’t put expectations on yourself.
Do you, and see where to you coalesce
@nonanarunoon, I’m studying to be a Ninja too. I have a sensei alread. We practice the art of Ninjutsu 6 hours a week. The correct term for a Ninja is Shinobi and it means shadow warrior or shadow knight. The skills you want to improve are stealth and agility. There is a lot of rolling.
Ninjutsu is the art of winning, when you practice it, you learn that a fight is not about the ego and about you and the other guy. You learn to avoid fighting, but sometimes, the scheme of totality or the universe or whatever you call it requires you to fight to maintain balance, or order. When that happens, you will be called to do whatever it takes from poking people’s eyes out to throwing sand in their face or throwing a chair at them. Ninjutsu has its basis in zen buddhism also and involves a lot of zen meditation. The purpose of achieving zen is so that you don’t overthink things, when you allow your mind to be void, your training can take over and you can fight 8 or 9 opponents skillfully without getting confused.
A lot of ninjutsu is philosophy too. If you have any questions about the art, you’re welcome to ask me, if I don’t know myself, I know where to find out.
To Find A Sensei.
Finding a Sensei is simple it is merely to find someone whose wisdom you trust. As far as right and wrong it is open to interpretation. One can guide another and one can give tasks to another. Right and wrong can be decided for you for True right and wrong is Warren to do with self-belief. I Sensei trains you in mind body and spirit. The path of the Ninja though is to follow a sensei and carry out his tasks. Do you really wish to find a sensei? What if your task is something you wish to not perform? What if it is something you choose not to do? To be a good student is to follow sensei without question. But it could student always asks questions and a good sinsay will answer them. There are many sensors out there ranging from different ages. Question really is is what are you looking for in a sensei? I sensei is unique to the student and that aspect anyone can mentor. If you truly are seeking a sensei perhaps I can help. Or perhaps I can’t again it all depends on what kind of sinsay you look for you seek. You wish to be a ninja. The Ninja live by their own law. There is not always a clear line between right and wrong it is where the path of the Ninja to carry out the orders given. Muay Thai fighting is it good start however a true ninja does not limit themselves to one type of fighting style tryninja is flexible stealthy hidden. Very strong mind and body and no matter what complete their mission.