Oath, Meditation & Creed

The Oath, Meditation and Creed are declarations which are extremely important to Shorinji Kempo, as they encapsulate the spiritual teachings which Doshin So strove to instill in his students throughout his life. These three professions are recited during each class during the chinkon session, and emphasizes that in Shorinji Kempo, spiritual development is equally as important as physical development.



Rely on yourself and not on others.
No one is as reliable as your own, well-disciplined self.

By committing evil, you defile yourself.
By avoiding evil, you attain purity.


"Seigan" (Oath)

In acquiring this art, we pledge to honour the founder and not betray our masters,
to respect our elders and not to slight the young. As comrades we pledge to help each other and cooperate for the accomplishment of these teachings.

We pledge to leave our past aside and devote ourselves to mastering this art
as plainly and naively as infants.

We pledge never to perform our arts for selfish reasons,
but for the benefit of all mankind.


"Shinjo" (Creed)

We are grateful that we are endowed with our souls from Dharma* and our bodies from our parents.
We determine to make every effort to return their blessings.

We love our country and determine to better the welfare of our people.

We love justice, respect humanity, observe courtesy, keep the peace
and determine to be true and brave.

We love our comrades and help each other.
We cooperate and endeavour to establish an ideal world.


* Note: Not all kenshi are comfortable using this word, or this phrase, as 'Dharma' is a part of Buddhist philosophy. Depending on the kenshi's own preference, this item can be amended to suit each person's own frame of reference

Updated August 2021.