Friday, October 28, 2005

Ichi gan, Ni soku, San tan, Shi riki

"One eyes; two feet; three tenacity; four strength." In the order of importance, (1) power of observation or perception, (2) footwork, (3) spirit or will, (4) technique or strength.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Ichigo Ichie

"One lifetime, one encounter." From tea ceremony. Master prepares the tea as if this is the only time he will serve this guest in his lifetime. Be serious, considerate, careful, and do your very best.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


"Fudo or 'Immovable' deity who serves practitioners by defeating obstables and devils which hinder buddhist practice. It is said that he enters a flame-emitting meditation (Kasho Zammai) in which he exudes flame and destroys all karmic hinderances. Because he never yeilds to obstacles, he is called Fudo or Immovable. The deity symbolizes the mind that does not move, or the body that is not unsettled even when surrounded by danger."

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Chakin Shibori

"Slight squeezing of the CHAKIN napkin at tea ceremony. Describes the proper gripping of TSUKA when striking."