In the Zen tradition, they often use the metaphor of “the finger pointing to the moon.” This metaphor beautifully symbolizes that there is quite literally nothing that you can “do” to have a “non-dual” experience. Simply put, you can’t get there from here. “Doing” in this case is like the finger and the “moon” like the non-dual. So “doing” points the way, but it cannot get you there. If this is the case then we should ask, what exactly are the conditions for Non-Duality In Aikido?
Nothing is more separating than conflict. Nothing is more unitive than spirituality. The martial art of Aikido attempts to walks this impossibly thin line as a “spiritual martial art.” If this is the case, then what does an expression of Aikido’s spiritual essence look like? If we are all spiritually connected, ultimately One, or not-two, then how can we express this non-duality in conflict? These are the questions I explored with Dan Messisco Sensei (6th dan Aikikai) in our recent Aiki-Discussion on Aikido & Non-Duality.
Aikido & Non-Duality | Dan Messisco & Miles Kessler | Memorial Day Seminar
|Date:||May 24, 2019—May 26, 2019|
|Event:||Aikido & Non-Duality | Dan Messisco & Miles Kessler|
|Topic:||Aikido & Non-Duality|
|Venue:||Aikido & Healing Arts of Roseville|
Aikido Friendship Seminar – Vince Salvatore & Miles Kessler
|Date:||May 18, 2019—January 1, 1970|
|Event:||Aikido Friendship Seminar - Vince Salvatore & Miles Kessler|
|Topic:||Aikido Friendship Seminar|
|Venue:||Aikido Of Reno|
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.
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.
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|
Sursee, Switzerland – Integral Aikido Seminar, w/ Miles Kessler (6th dan, Aikikai)
|Date:||June 28, 2019—June 29, 2019|
|Event:||Sursee, Switzerland – Integral Aikido Seminar, w/ Miles Kessler (6th dan, Aikikai)|
Connecting With The Source – Day Workshop w/ Patrick Cassidy & Miles Kessler
|Date:||June 10, 2019|
|Time:||10:00 - 4:00 p.m.|
|Event:||Connecting With The Source - Day Workshop w/ Patrick Cassidy & Miles Kessler|
|Topic:||Connecting With The Source|