Thank you Carl for responding to yesterday's entry with the following quote. I think it is excellent and inspired my topic for today.
"The word warrior, by itself, may mean a creator of war or a warmonger, but the warriors of Shambhala are the opposite. The Shambhala warrior does not create war, at all, but is somebody who creates peace. The warriors of Shambhala are those who are interested in subjugating their own desires for war and for aggression. The quality of sadness is precisely the heart of warriorship. The warrior is completely in tune with people and with their various levels of emotionality. We are the opposite of warmongers."

From "Transmission," in GREAT EASTERN SUN: THE WISDOM OF SHAMBHALA, page 185.

I looked up warrior after I read this quote. The definition was: a brave or experienced soldier or fighter. I looked up soldier and the definition I liked the best was: carry on doggedly; persevere. I think of discipline when I think of warriors and soldiers. The expectation to act without reflection in warfare upsets me, but I think that there is something incredible in training as a soldier or warrior. I looked up the definition for discipline, however, and could not find one that explains what I am thinking about in my respect for the soldier's experience. The definitions in my dictionary were: 1-the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience; 2-a branch of knowledge, typically one studied in higher education; 3-train to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience; and 4-train oneself to do something in a controlled and habitual way. Maybe there is another word for what I am trying to convey. It has something to do with a code of behavior and ethics.  It has something to do with knowledge.  It has something to do with training. The definition that I want discipline to have does not have these things as something put upon someone from outside of themselves. My definition is about personal knowledge, discovering the peace in oneself and using this to form a code of conduct, and then living that code. My definition of discipline is not about punishment, it is about self-fulfillment. It is not about control. It is about structure.  It is about creativity. It is about identity. Maybe this is why the Warriors of Shambhala are not warmongers. Maybe it is in their name, it is in who they are, it is in their personal codes of conduct that peace is held above violence. If a linguist ever reads this and has some information on the origin of the word discipline and whether there is a more appropriate word for me to use, I would appreciate it. Although, I think that maybe the use of language is a discipline in the sense of the dictionary's definition. It is something used to control and punishments are issued for disuse. Every artist I have ever seen speak about how to succeed in a creative life has used the word discipline in the spirit that I think of it. This could be key.  We need to be creatively disciplined in our use of language.  We need to find our own definitions and communicate what they are so that people will understand us. Language in everyday use is always changing. The way young people use it is beautiful, let us allow some leeway in how our words are used, and discover our own definitions.