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It’s winter misogi time -
and this is how we’re going to do your shrine visit:
one big bucket of water!…
- – - Buson
O’Sensei called “the sword of sho-chiku-bai” sword movements that are performed as a misogi. This is directly related to certain Omoto-Kyo teachings, and they should allow whoever performs them to become awakened. But that is a task and a concern for the individual.
- – - Kato Hiroshi Shihan
- – – French language interview on the Budo no Nayami website
Using a rounded piece of wood, know the moon on the water!
- – - the dream of Muso Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi
Do not think about hitting your opponent,
Move without thinking, like moonlight into a leaky cabin.
- – - Yamaoka Tesshu
A man knows for sure:
However hard he hits the flow of a river,
The simple fact of a trace in the water:
- doesn’t happen.
- – - Hoshina Chikanori
The Scroll of Emptiness…
…otherwise known as The Book of the Void, The Scroll of the Void, The Book of Emptiness – from the GoRin no Sho: the Book of Five Rings
This being the Scroll of Emptiness, I must now set down plainly in writing [the manner in which] Ni-To-Ichi-Ryu Martial Practice is a ‘Way’: -
The heart of what is called ‘emptiness’ has [traditionally] been seen as the place where there is nothing, [and as] a thing that is not known [in the way that other things are known]. [Well,] of course emptiness is where there is nothing! [But] to know the place of “there is” while also knowing the place of “there is nothing”, that indeed is emptiness.
In the world at large, there is a mistaken view that sees the state of mind where you do not discriminate as emptiness. This is not true emptiness, it is the common, confused heart [that we all share]…
Dwelling in Aiki,
set to work
the myriad powers: -
create peaceful harmony:
a world where everything is beautiful
Being firmly grounded
in the world of creation,
alive at its center:
the kamae of ai
is irimi: the Way of the Mountain Echo.
Forging in yourself whole heaps of courage,
the Floating Bridge,
Thanks to true emptiness,
opened up by [gratitude for] the gifts of the Gods.
To left and to right
cutting and sweeping blows
go straight towards
the human heart…
- – - O’Sensei
…a conversation between Kimbal Anderson Sensei and Dwayne Blackaller of Boise Contemporary Theater about the classical Japanese budo practices preserved in Suzuki acting training – and about the intersecting philosophies of the traditional Japanese martial arts and contemporary theater practice . A student of a student of a student of Tesshu talking to a student of a student of Marcel Marceau. The conversation is here.
in the burned over field
are a “mandala”!!!
- so the people say – - -
- – - Muju