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Ikebana… Ebisu and Daikoku-ten…

O’Sensei no kuden: Kokyu(8)

You’re heavy. You’re just practicing for yourself. That’s why it’s no good. First, become an iron ball. Next, become a golden ball. Gold melts easily and is soft. That’s why it good to work with.

– – – reported Nobuyuki Watanabe Shihan, Sangenkai interview…

The Birth of Surrealism… Paris, Spring of 1924 (3)

– – – Louis Aragon (1924)

But amongst all the tunes that sometimes I hum, there is still one that gives me, even today, an untrammeled illusion of Spring and of fields: an illusion of real freedom. Sometimes I forget this tune… and then, suddenly, I find it again.  Freedom, freedom… it’s the time of day – the time of the evening – when the wind’s chains of transparent links fly away across the watered silks of the sky, it’s the time of the evening when the ball and chain become slaves of the ankle, and handcuffs become jewels… And sometimes, on the walls of his cell, the hermit and recluse scratches into the stone an inscription that sounds on the hard surface like the sound of wings. And sometimes he sculpts, above a rivet, a calligraphed symbol of the lovers of the earth. And it’s because he’s dreaming. And I, too, am dreaming… am transported… am dreaming…  And I dream of a long, long dream where everyone else is dreaming, too… I do not know what will come of this new movement of dreams. I am dreaming at the edge of the world, and at the edge of the night.

So what is it you want to say to me, you, who are way off in the distance?  Calling out to me with cupped hands, laughing at what the dreamer is doing… At the edge of the night and of crime, at the edge of crime and of passion… Oh,  Rivieras of irreality… your casinos – without distinction of age – open their gambling halls to all and everyone who wants to lose!  It is time, it is really time, believe me, to not be winning any more…

“Who’s there?”  Well, okay then: let infinity enter!

pp. 28-29,    A Wave of Dreams

a complete English translation is here:

…right knowing…

…Guy Debord / La Société du Spectacle(17)…

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  • The working man is not improving himself, he does not make himself a better man: he is not creating a better self.  He creates a basis of power that is completely outside of himself.  The success of his creativeness – its abundance – comes back on him as an abundance of dispossession.  Both the time and the space of his world become foreign to him with all the accumulation of his alienated creations. These performances and images are the map of this newly fabricated world, a map which perfectly and precisely covers the territory it maps. They are precisely our creative power that has escaped us, and that now displays itself again to us in all its full strength.

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Here, Guy Debord is addressing the Ten Perfections, based on the Shingon idea of right action and right livelihood. Actually it’s a universal Buddhist idea – sometimes Eight, sometimes Ten Perfections – and they go way back – actually they go back to the Vedic yogas, who were a Northern people…

  • right view
  • right resolve
  • right speech
  • right conduct
  • right livelihood
  • right effort
  • right mindfulness
  • right samadhi
  • right knowledge
  • right liberation

…and if you were at a Brahmin level, or a Samurai level, you learned these – and you must do them for a while – and then you can actually pick advisers: an architect, a healer… you can assign a healer for your country because you have studied these ten perfections…

..and in the perfect democracy, you can participate in choosing a healer for your country, because you have studied the ten perfections…

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STANLEY PRANIN’S MEDICAL GOFUNDME PAGE…..

Stanley Pranin has dedicated his life to aikido and its practitioners. It is time for us to return the energy and concern for one who is One Of Us, now…

GAMBATTE PRANIN SENSEI!!!

Please, all dojo, consider linking to his GoFundMe page, and being there for him…

 – – – Takeharu Yoshi Renshi

Lynn has two bronzes in the TVAA Salon des Refusés, February 24 – April 14…

…opening reception at Boise State Public Radio, 220 Parkcenter Boulevard, Friday, February 24, 5:00-8:00 pm…

…and workshops this year: 

Wire to Whinny

Friday-Sunday, September 8-10 (with Open Studio on Sept. 11)

In this three-day workshop students learn the basics of equine anatomy, how to best utilize references, form an armature, and then apply clay to create a sculpture….

Rebeca is performing, First Thursday in April…

…at Snake River Tea, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Playing and singing in Spanish, English and Gaelic…

…and Rebeca-san is teaching ‘cante‘ (Flamenco singing):  group classes on Tuesdays, 6:15… private classes by arrangement… accompanied by Mahavia guitarist, Derren Crosby Davidavich…  …contact Rebeca-san on (208) 713-0235, or at RRLeatherwing@outlook.com …

..and Rebeca-san’s new CD: ‘VOGT’  by PALANKEEN…vogtCDnOPENCOVER

…the digital download is available here,  and the  CD’s are available on the same link.  You can buy them here in Boise at Doyle’s on Broadway,  and at the Record Exchange.

Peter has a show playing with his sound design:

the Shakespearience touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream  touring Idaho and neighboring states February 13 – April 14…

A change of optic:

Aikido is a gem of many facets – sometimes it seems that every one of O’Sensei’s students remembered a different teacher, and of course, many, many different styles have been preserved and developed – but here is one facet that clicked into focus for me recently:

what if O’Sensei spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo coherently pursuing what he felt to be his “mission in life”?…

what if he spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo creating and nurturing a network of dojos run by Omoto-Kyo, ex-Omoto-Kyo and Ko-Shinto believers ( hand-picked deshi,  some of them raised, almost, as members of his family) – – – and ex-Kamikaze pilots, too (!) – often with his own name on the sign –  in places – and close to shrines…

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