Spirit

Connections with spiritual values are an everyday part of existence in Kyoto. Aspects of Shinto, Buddhism, and especially Zen are so strongly manifested in our surroundings that they blend into our approach to KJ, whether by intention or simply subconsciously. Looking beyond Kyoto, we see awareness of spirit as a key element in most Asian societies.

 

 

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Spirit

On March 3, 2011 By

Spirit

Connections with spiritual values are an everyday part of existence in Kyoto. Aspects of Shinto, Buddhism, and especially Zen are so strongly manifested in our surroundings that they blend into our approach to KJ, whether by intention or simply subconsciously. Looking beyond Kyoto, we see awareness of spirit as a key element in most […]

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The Womb-Diamond Trail

On December 9, 2011 By

BY GARY SNYDER

The Yamabushi are back country Shaman-Buddhists with strong Shinto connections, who make walking and climbing in deep mountain ranges a large part of their practice…

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Heart

On December 9, 2011 By

VALUES
BY REBECCA OTOWA

The core of kokoro (the heart) is the search for wa (peace or harmony); this search manifests itself in all areas of life…

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BY HATTORI EIJI

“Civilizations do not clash. It is ignorance that clashes.”

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Ki: The Vital Force

On December 3, 2011 By

W. DAVID KUBIAK

While ki is regularly invoked as an explanatory principle in oriental medicine and martial arts, few practitioners or writers, either Eastern or Western, spend much time intelligibly explaining ki itself…

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Fukushima-Roshi: Be a Fool!

On November 16, 2011 By

PROFILE, ZEN
BY PICO IYER

“…understanding Zen through the intellect is a mistake. That is why in the first three years of my own training, Shibayama-roshi kept on telling me for a whole year, “Be an idiot! Be a fool!”

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Facing Self, Reality

On October 26, 2011 By

SPIRIT
BY STEWART WACHS

Naikan, which means “introspection” in Japanese, implores us to look not merely within but beyond ourselves by routinely asking a set of three questions…

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Buddhism Engaged

On October 24, 2011 By

BUDDHISM
BY DAVID COZY

Buddhist teachings, Loy believes, can help us to understand the true nature of lack and the havoc it causes, and because they can perform this necessary function, he feels it is important that Buddhism remain vital in the twenty-first century.

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Biodiversity is a Practice

On October 13, 2011 By

NATURE, BUDDHISM
BY SUSAN MURPHY

To practice a comprehensive awareness of mind, and to live from that ground, means more than enriching our intellectual grip on the deeply disquieting descent of biodiversity.

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Shinto Scholar

On October 13, 2011 By

INTERVIEW BY CHRISTAL WHELAN

“In Japan, divinities might be of mountain, sea, or river. People find divinities in nature. This religious faith still exists…”

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