The Story of Ikkyu

Ikkyu Sojun is one of the most famous zen priest. He was born in AD1394 at Kyoto. He was a imperial family, but his mother had left from imperial palace because of political struggle. I can …

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Zen and Pine tree

On January 3rd, I went to Shouinji(松蔭寺) temple. Shouinji is known as the temple where Hakuin Ekaku zenji(白隠 慧鶴 禅師) entered to the Buddhist priesthood. Hakuin zenji is famous for the restorer of Rin…

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About The Black Uniform

我が黒衣 修行の汚れ 秘めるとも 武徳貶む 穢れ隠さず 辛卯師走 不動庵 碧洲齋 【meaning】 My black uniform hide the dirt which caused of discipline, But, it doesn't hide the dirt which demean the dignity of Bugei. Decemb…

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The 6th day of Rohatsu zazen term

Every year, I can feel my zen feeling is getting deep in 5-6th day of Rohatsu term. Yesterday, one of the gentleman who sat the next to me received the hitting on the shoulder. At that time, the s…

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Fudoan dojo of one day

Last night, there were only 2 students at the dojo. Include me, 3 of us trained. 【受身/Ukemi】 Ukemi, 5-6 kinds of ukemi with bokken. Doing ukemi with weapon is easy. But it is difficult to doin…

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Five Elements "技 術 芸 道 法"

技/waza : It was the symbol of holding thin branch for handling. Then, it changed to "technique". Now, we use this kanji for simply basic technique. I can say that is "kihon". Besides diligence, …

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Master

Rinzairoku, Chapter Anroku If the enlightenment level of a student is same as the master's, it will decrease the virtue of the master. Owning the superior enlightenment more than the master is the r…

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The Idea of Uniform "衣更"

In Japan, all of the uniform is the symbol of the obligation of the organization which you belong to. I can say Japanese people believe that the all of clothes are showing the obligation which you…

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"禮(礼)" and "Politeness"

*This is just my thought and I am not going to point the superiority. Since I started to practice Bugei, I've seen so many foreign students who visit to Japan. Most of them study Bugei very honest…

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