Balance, Heikō 平衡. Synchronicity, harmony of community and the Self: the Rainmaker Story

There was a great drought in a province of China. For months there had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic, famine and starvation loomed large. The Catholics missionaries made processions, the Protestants missionaries made prayers, and the Chinese Buddhists burned joss-sticks and shot off guns to frighten away the...

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The ageless path – Budo

It’s no big secret that in most sports athletes hit their peak somewhere between their mid twenties and early thirties. But if you step out of the combat-sport competitive environment, the martial arts practice can and will greatly benefit your physical, emotional and mental state right into your golden age. Physical activity gradually declines...

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The Empty Cup Runneth Over

Mushin 無心, an essential element of martial expression, is defined as an empty or unfettered mind, liberated from thought, preconception or emotion. In a state of mushin, the eyes focus, breathing and heart-rate slow, and we shift into a calm, perfect alertness that facilitates reflexive reaction, i.e. in response to an attack. Beyond this level...

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