This is a companion article to
[KendoNotes_Awareness] on “awareness.” It is a compilation of quotes and resources on an approach to awakening, , heijoushin (平常心) Continue reading
A flower in bloom in La Jolla, CA, Aug 2020.
Two fathers of adult members of the
dojo have passed away. One, ten days ago in his sleep. A kind, soft-spoken and gentle figure who would visit regularly to watch his two Continue reading
“Part 2: Reflections,” I described the recollection of perceiving a strike come towards me as if in slow motion during keiko in at least one rare instance. This reminded me of Continue reading
– St. Francis d’Assisi . What you’re looking for is that which is looking
Watercolor by Taylor, Jan. 2020.
Thanks to meditation and many teachers, this mind has come to a growing realization. That meditation,
zazen and aspects such as peace (平常心, ), freedom from heijoushin Continue reading
Carved sand by the water’s edge.
Life seems to present varying degrees of setbacks and suffering. While taking a brief walk outdoors between
shinpan duties at the 2018 U.S. Junior Nationals Championships, I Continue reading
I believe that “Soft Eyes” is an extremely important part of kendo and many areas of life. It is a natural, tension-free way of seeing and being – which goes by many other names:
Whole or Effortless Seeing, Soft or Open Focus , Wide-Angled , Peripheral or Panoramic Vision and “Enzan no Metsuke (a distant mountain gaze).” Continue reading
There is an inspirational documentary of
Naoki Eiga sensei produced by NHK in 2003 [Eiga_Documentary]. In the video, he reflects on the reason behind his initial loss to Continue reading