June 17, 2017

Sarasota, a beautiful city on the southwestern shores of Florida’s Gulf of Mexico, is located about an hour south of Tampa. It is home to Siesta Key, a pristine white-quartz crystal beach, voted number one of the “Top-10 Best Beaches in the United States.” Sarasota is...

June 17, 2017

A student monk was caught stealing at the temple. The other monks brought the matter to Bankei's attention to expel the thief from the community, but the master ignored the request. When the offending monk was caught stealing again, the other monks drew up a petition d...

June 13, 2017

Sharing a perspective on Aikido practice as a healing therapy is much needed in today's world. The purpose of Aikido training is the harmonization of the self with others and the world. Through purification breathing exercises and dynamic meditation or martial techniqu...

June 10, 2017

(The shogun's messengers tell Asano Naganori to commit suicide. Utagawa Kuniyasu, c. 1815.)

One of the most famous episodes in Japanese history is honoured on the traditional date of December 14th. It happened when Japan was ruled from Edo (now Tokyo) by the Tokugawa S...

June 6, 2017

On the eve of a great battle, Miyamoto Musashi noticed that the Daimyo (samurai lord) with whom he had taken service seemed unable to focus on the impending battle. Asked what was the matter, the daimyo told Musashi that an astrologer had predicted that he, the daimyo,...

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