Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Martial Arts

Three Quotes:

"When entering dojo (practice place in Kyudo) and while going through the shooting form, an archer should project confidence, purposefulness, and determination, as though owning the dojo." (Free interpretation of comments by Ed and Aaron Sensei's)

"Samurai during Japan's warring stage were in daily contact with questions of life and death, of intention and concentration. They saw in the meditative discipline of monks a kind of dynamic calm and courage that they needed as soldiers. Monks, also, saw in the warriors the same intense energy and single-minded commitment that was necessary for their own spiritual training. Through their interchange, the martial arts in time became viewed as potential tools for spiritual development; they became known as Budo, martial ways." (Fumio Toyoda)

"Zen claims to be Buddhism, but all the Buddhist teachings are pronounced in the sutras, and sutras are treated by Zen as mere waste paper, whose utility consists in wiping off the dirt of intellect and nothing more." (T. D. Suzuki)

4 comments:

  1. "Zen claims to be Buddhism, but all the Buddhist teachings are pronounced in the Sutras, and Sutras are treated by Zen as mere waste paper, whose utility consists in wiping off the dirt of intellect and nothing more." (T. D. Suzuki)

    Many bows to this man.

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  2. I agree to the boldness of his statement :)

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