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Buddhist Notebook: Compassion and Emptiness

It’s often said that when someone has realized emptiness it enables them to have even greater compassion for other beings. I’ve wondered about that because, with my limited intellectual understanding, I often find myself getting frustrated with people, rather than … Continue reading

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Buddhist/Kyudo Notebook: Training

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersections between Buddhism and Kyudo. There are many, of course, but one of the more central has to do with the notion of 自然の離れ, a natural release. Dan DeProspero says it’s in … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Nagoya 2014 (5) 美

For all that I learned and experienced in Nagoya the conversation that remains with me most deeply and unexpectedly was with TSH, a friend from Taiwan who I met for the first time the day before the seminar began. After … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Essays in Idleness

I’m in Kansai now, and have some down time while my travel partner isn’t feeling well. So I bought Kenkō’s Tsurezuregusa, the Essays in Idleness, and have been enjoying it quite a bit. There are many good passages that, contrary … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Effort

More and more for me these days the question comes down to a matter of effort. Or not just effort, but right effort, which is perhaps not coincidentally one of the eight facets of the Buddhist Eightfold Path. In kyudo … Continue reading

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Kyudo/Buddhist Notebook: Motivation

On the plane home I was thinking about effort and motivation. The teachers say they can tell a lot about a person by watching them shoot, and at the two taikai over the weekend I began to see this. Of … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: 2011 Kyoto Taikai/Shinsa

Made it there and back alive. None of us fared very well in the taikai, which was strict: miss one arrow, you’re out. But with two thousand participants they could hardly do otherwise and still bring things to a conclusion … Continue reading

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