Conditions For Non-Duality In Aikido

Part 2 - Aikido & Non-Duality Series: w/ Patrick Cassidy

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?

Patrick Cassidy & Miles Kessler

Aikido & Non-Duality with Dan Messisco

Part 1 In This Aiki-Discussion Series

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.

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

Miles Kessler | 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"


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.


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