Monthly Archives: August 2010

Buddhist Notebook: Svatantrika View

Along with tying strings I’ve been working more with two of Jeffrey Hopkins’s books, Emptiness Yoga and Tsong-kha-pa’s Final Exposition of Wisdom, and the notes from those lectures my friend is taking. One thing I’ve never quite grasped is the … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Tsuru

I just had to tie a bunch of bowstrings so I just want to make some notes to myself for future reference: To determine the length, put the lower loop over the urahazu and pull the string taut. The correct … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Seduction

My laptop battery died so I went to kyudo an hour early, thinking that I would just take my time, but things fell apart pretty quickly. I think what happened is that I’ve become attached to hitting the target. Even … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Balance

So I made it to practice yesterday and while still not quite back in stable form, things were better. As usual, though, by concentrating on my left arm, my right started slacking off, so at hanare things were a bit … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Turkeys

Oh, which reminds me. I was talking a few weeks back with a friend who is a professor of Japanese history and specializes in trade. Somehow the topic of arrow fletchings came up, probably because the most valued feathers were/are … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Living Things

Thanks to some medical unpleasantness I’ve missed most practice on weekdays since the taikai, but went on Saturday and managed to catch an interesting conversation with S先生. We started talking about (bamboo) bows, and how the personality or style of … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Bones

So the verdict on rearranging the bones of the left forearm is that it seems effective, but it takes some experimentation to find the right degree of twist. One hint that I’m twisting too much is that it starts to … Continue reading

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