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Wellspring Update I’m back. All went very well! Thanks to all those who donated to my  Wellspring fundraising page as an ambassador for the Toronto to Miami Peloton Challenge. When I last looked, donors had contributed $1,750 towards my personal

Posted in Life Strategy, Meditation, Newsletter, Zen Story

Déjà vu, by O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

One of Miyamoto Musashi’s student’s went down to survey the battleground, before a duel, but he was too casual. He thought it would be an easy match. Miyamoto Musashi told his student to cancel, but the student would not. Musashi. ran

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Ai Zuchi = The meeting of minds. by O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

The harmony of three forging a blade. Soto soton jikan deskara. “Gee it ‘s hot…   I’m thirsty…  Let’s get some beer. Miyamoto Musashi had a son (adopted). He had not seen him for 20 years, when he heard that he

Posted in Kobudo, Masters, Newsletter, Original Articles, Philosophy, Weapons, Zen Story

Timing by O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

Kake Waza – charging without the opponent making a move Osi Waza – responding to the opponent’s attack – a counter. Sen – ahead – beat the opponent to the punch. Go No Sen – Late arrives ahead – when

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Musashi & Sasaki

By O’Sensei Kim Miyamoto Musashi. In the beginning he had a very big match against the master swordsman at the time, Sasaki from Irakuni . Two days earlier, he went to the beach on the island where the duel was

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The Mother and the Monk

By O’Sensei Kim A family wants son to be a monk. Mum says once you are a monk, you must cut yourself off from us completely. The son joins the Temple. But later, mum wants to see him. The Monk sends

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Become a lake

From Senpai Phillips An aging master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water

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How to control your opponant by O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

To control opponents you must know kyo (open) off guard. ‘The worst off guard is mental off guard. This happens if there is a mental kyo: Emotion becomes unstable . Ki is lost . Attention is fixed only in one

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10. In the world

10 Bulls (10)

Barefoot and naked of breast, I mingle with the people of the world.
My clothes are ragged and dust-laden and I am ever blissful.
I use no magic to extend my life;
Now, before me, the trees become alive.

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Every Minute Zen

Zen students are with their masters at least ten years before they presume to teach others. Nan-in was visited by Tenno, who, having passed his apprenticeship, had become a teacher. The day happened to be rainy, so Tenno wore wooden clogs and carried an umbrella.
After greeting him, Nan-in remarked, “I suppose you left your wooden clogs in the vestibule. I want to know if your umbrella is on the right or left side of the clogs.”
Tenno, confused, had no instant answer. He realized that he was unable to carry his Zen every minute. He became Nan-in’s pupil and he studied six more years to accomplish his Every Minute Zen.

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