Spirit of Shugendo

The ninja settlements were located in “”safe houses”” surrounded by deep mountains, where people who had been exiled from the capital for one reason or another gathered. Various pieces of information came and went between them and the ninja. At the beginning of the Warring States period, Japan was divided into many countries, and fierce wars were frequently fought in those countries. In such circumstances, the ninja were employed by warlords in various areas to make use of their skills. This is how the ninja spread throughout Japan. In the history of Japan, ninja were employed by the authorities (warlords and shoguns) at that time.
The ninja lived an ordinary life as a farmer or merchant and trained for emergencies. A ninja’s house was no different from an ordinary farmer’s house. However, it is said that they had various hidden techniques to deal with sudden attacks. As a spiritual background, the Japanese have long believed that everything that exists has a god in it. (Even today, certain mountains, rocks and waterfalls are considered religious.) Later, Buddhism was introduced to Japan via China. En no Gyoja is thought to have formed Shugendo, a fusion of traditional Japanese mountain beliefs and Buddhism. Shugendo was gradually perfected by incorporating Esoteric Buddhism, Taoism, and Yin and Yang Buddhism. According to the teachings of Shugendo, strict training in the mountains of Shugendo allows one to absorb the spiritual power of nature and use it to soothe people. Shugendo was incorporated into the art of Ninjutsu. This spirit of Shugendo distinguishes the ninja from the thieves.