January 2009 Archives

What Life Asks of Us

An interesting description of "Institutional thinking," which is most definitely an essential aspect of membership in the Japanese koryu. We owe the ryu everything we can give; this debt shapes our thinking and identity. It's not about what we can get from the ryu; it's about what we contribute. This seems to be a difficult lesson for the modern American practitioner (I know it has taken me a long while to internalize it, to the extent that I have thus far).

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