trickling down the willow’s branches…
wet plum petals scattered on the ground…
- – - Shoha
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
O’Sensei called “the sword of sho-chiku-bai” sword movements that are performed as a misogi. This is directly related to a certain Omoto-Kyo teaching, 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
…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