— WHO WE ARE:
The Samurai Brotherhood, originally founded in 1996 by Phil Teertha Mistlberger, is a community for conscious men based in Vancouver, Canada. Its teachings are based on the Code of the Conscious Warrior, which consists of 14 pointers designed to offer a framework of overarching guidance for modern men.
We explore what it means to be a conscious, self-aware man in today’s world. We aim to help men to access and embody their masculine essence in a balanced way and support them in becoming stronger and more confident, focused, balanced and grounded. We help men to align with their life purpose and be a more effective presence in the world, to live at their edge, overcome limiting patterns from the past, and find peace both inwardly and outwardly.
— OUR PURPOSE:
The essential reason for being of the community is to provide a ground and a space for men seeking to grow in their masculinity to gather together. Outside of Mistlberger’s founding inspiration, the community draws much of its underlying philosophy from the modern mythopoetic men’s movement, and in particular the book Iron John (1990) by the American poet Robert Bly.
The Samurai Brotherhood, in keeping with its name, also explores some of the great themes of warrior cultures throughout history. The ‘Samurai’ part refers to the need for inner discipline in life (alongside creativity and loyalty to a worthy cause). The ‘Brotherhood’ part refers to the importance of community, and for men to go beyond the ‘lone wolf’ tendency that is common to so many men.
THE CODE OF THE CONSCIOUS WARRIOR
The code of the conscious warrior is a series of 14 guiding principles designed by Phil Teertha Mistlberger. They make up a code of conduct that reflects the values of the brotherhood; they are also generally good rules to live by.
— ABOUT THE FOUNDER:
Phil Teertha Mistlberger was born in 1959 in Montreal, a first generation Canadian of hard working European immigrants who came to Canada shortly after the Second World War. Growing up in the 1960s he was exposed to two essential philosophies: 1) a strong work ethic (the 1950s echo) and 2) cultivating the spirit of exploration and adventure in all things transcendent (the 1960s cultural revolution), leading to an exploration of the human potential movement, dynamic and group psychotherapy, Eastern meditation and spirituality, and the Western esoteric tradition. He was also a student of martial arts from a young age. He has been involved in the Men’s movement for the past 25 years. He is a trained therapist and international seminar leader (since 1987), and has authored four books.