Learning the skills of a samurai required extensive training . Young samurai were apprenticed to archery masters who taught them mental and physical techniques. Samurai practiced until they could shoot accurately without thinking. They also learned to breathe properly and to shoot at their enemies while riding on the back of a galloping horse.
Samurai Training and the Warrior code (Bushido and other values)
Samurai were expected to be students of culture as well as fierce warriors.
Samurai were trained physically and mentally. Young samurai went for days without eating and marched barefoot in snow on long journeys. They also had to overcome the fear of death by thinking of themselves as already dead.
Bushido is a code known as "The Way of the Warrior." The code of Bushido governed a samurais life . It is called on samurai to be honest, fair, and fearless in the face of death. Samurai were expected to value loyalty and personal honor even more than there lives..
Samurai were also expected to be loyal to there lord and would even gladly die for himself if his lord was murdered, a samurai might avenge his death.
The price for falling to live up to the code for Bushido was ritual suicide, known as seppuku. Reasons to seppuku were in luring preserving personal honor and avoiding capture in battle. Samurai might also perform seppuku to atone for a crime, a shameful deed, or an insult to a person of higher rank.
Amida Buddhism Is a popular form of a monk named Honen . These Buddhist believed that all people could reach paradise. Honen taught that believers could reach paradise by relying on the mercy of Amida Buddha.
Zen Buddhism is another form of Buddhism, zen appealed to many samurai beacause of its emphasison effort and discipline . Unlike Amida, Zen stressed self reliance and achieving enlightenment through meditation.