Shu-Ha-Ri: 3 Stages Of Mastery In Aikido

"The Ladder Of Development" | Part 1 Of 4

What does it mean to create mastery in Aikido? Does mastery mean you are an untouchable fighting machine who’s better faster and stronger than everyone else? Or you are able to resolve any conflict that you meet in life, or that you have the demeanor of a Zen master? Let’s take a look at these questions through the lens of the traditional Japanese system of Shu-Ha-Ri: 3 Stages Of Mastery In Aikido.

Part 1 Of 4 | "The Ladder Of Development"

The Classic Benefits Of Mindfulness

Meditation Monday w/ Sayadaw Vivekananda

Welcome to meditation Monday! Modern science has proven that mindfulness and meditation bring countless benefits to your life. These include greater emotional & psychological well-being, physical health, mental performance, and even greater functionality in relationships. But way back in the beginning, when the Buddha first taught meditation in the Satipatthana Sutta, he laid out 7 benefits of meditation. In the text and video below the Ven. Sayadaw Vivekananda shares The Classic Benefits Of Mindfulness.

Ven. Sayadaw Vivekananda

What Is Mindfulness?

Meditation Monday w/ Sayadaw Vivekananda - Video Series

Here at the beginning of 2019, I am starting a new blog series called “Meditation Monday.” Each Monday I will be posting “Dharma Bites”… short bite-sized teachings, from myself and other teachers. These posts will be short teachings about mindfulness and meditation that you can easily to implement into your daily practice. I am starting this new endeavor with a video series from my own meditation teacher, the Ven. Sayadaw Vivekananda. Here is his teaching on What On Mindfulness?

Ven. Sayadaw Vivekananda

THE BUDDHA’S ADVICE TO AN AIKIDO SENSEI [ENCORE POST]

5 Qualities Of A Spiritually Mature Teacher

The early Buddhist term for a teacher is a  “Kalyanamitta” – which means a “Noble Friend.” I love this phrase because it reframes the role of the teacher and student, and how this holy relationship impacts your life. In this blog post, I will share with you the advice the Buddha gave in his teaching on the 5 qualities of a “Nobel Friend.” As Aikido is a higher path of practice, I think that these guidelines are especially relevant to Aikido teachers. This is the Buddha’s advice to an Aikido Sensei.

LEARN AIKIDO LIKE A PRO, CREATE AIKIDO AS AN ARTIST

Aikido & Teaching Series

Aikido is a paradoxical art. Fully grasping Aikido requires you to develop a relatively complex understanding of its technical curriculum, while at the same time having direct access to the universal principles that are the spiritual core of the art. Another way to look at it is, to fully master the art of Aikido you need to “learn Aikido like a pro, create Aikido as an artist.”  

Fuerth, Germany – Integral Aikido Intensive, w/ Miles Kessler (6th dan, Aikikai)

Date: September 6, 2019—September 8, 2019
Event: Integral Aikido Intensive, w/ Miles Kessler
Topic: Integral Aikido Intensive
Venue: Takemusu Aiki Dojo Bayern
Location: Fuerth, Germany
Germany