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Nothing Works... Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-12-2012 04:29 PM
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This poem and others are available in my books, Nothing Works: Meditations on Aikido, Buddhism, the Tao, Zen, and other inconsequential things....and, Nothing Special, and Nothing Matters..., available thru Amazon.com, in print and Kindle editions and Barnes & Noble websites.....Also available as an e-book via Smashwords.com. Try this link: www.nothing-works.com for the full array of options.
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Status: Public
Entries: 346
Comments: 68
Views: 360,289

In General Nafudakake Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #346 New 11-17-2019 05:53 PM
Nafudakake

The Nafudakake
The name-board in our dojo
Is full of students' names
And their various ranks

I look at it
My name is up there
Among many others
But the names and ranks
Are not final destinations

Our Nafudakake is an active record
Of history and potential
Not a hard set of names and ranks
With no past or future

Our Nafudakake is a circle
Actually a spiral, the dojo
At its center, with
Ranks lowest to highest
Spiraling outward

Some names even drift off
The board, off the spiral
Flowing somewhere into
An ever-changing world
Not necessarily an Aikido one

But some start their own dojos
Fresh and bright
Full of dynamic energy and hope
Creating their own spirals
Within their own Nafudakake

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In General Saboru Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #345 New 11-10-2019 05:41 PM
Saboru

Sometimes I don't want to practice
To go to the dojo, do Aikido, and sweat
To feel effort and pain
And do that whole misogi thing

I just want to lounge on my couch
Watch TV, do nothing
Or, go and sit in a coffee shop
Reading, sipping coffee, just veg'ing

I always thought Saboru would be
A good name for a coffee shop
Timeout Coffee, or Saboru Coffee
But, I know I'll go to practice, anyway

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In General What Am I? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #344 New 11-03-2019 07:10 PM
What Am I?

An action of non-action
As in that: fire does not burn fire
Indicating the self-identity of fire

But combustion has its ground
In non-combustion, so
Because of non-combustion
Combustion is combustion!
As in water is not wet…

I am totally confused
What is my own self-identity?
At the home-ground of my being
What am I?
What is my not-I?

Views: 127


In General I Don't Know Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #343 New 10-27-2019 07:57 PM
I Don't Know

I don't know how the young do it?
They breeze through life with no clue
Though, of course, they think they do
At what point does that change?
For me, each step is filled with
Agonizing existential dread
I place one foot forward
And, somewhere, a star explodes
Another step, and the last of a species
Goes extinct, one more, a war starts,
A child cries, galaxies collide,
The homeless wander on by,
Quantum realities split apart; yet, another
And the universe expands even further
Stretching my mind and sanity even more
I tell myself: I can make it! I can make it!
Just get to Starbucks!



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In General This or That Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #342 New 10-22-2019 05:55 PM
This or That

When we speak of a nothingness
Outside of existence
We speak of a relative nothingness
Not true emptiness
We still have a this or that
A this and that mind set
Absolute emptiness is one with being
Not separate from it
It is not out there
It is near at hand
We are forced to say
It is not this thing or that
Therefore, it is this thing or that
Fire does not burn fire
The sword does not cut the sword

Perhaps it is a language problem?


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In General Misogi Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #341 New 10-12-2019 09:08 PM
Misogi

Aikido is my regular misogi practice
No talking, tongue to roof of mouth,
Breathing through the nose
Warm-ups with torifume,
With furitama, with otakebi
Responding as uke without thinking
(Or, at least, trying to)
Performing as nage without thinking
(Or, at least, trying to)
No other-criticism
No self-criticism
No self
Quiet


Views: 169


In General Self-Hood Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #340 New 09-29-2019 07:36 PM
Self-Hood

To say: Ergo cogito, ergo sum
Is like looking into a mirror
And saying:
Look, I have discovered reality
Can self explore self
And declare self-hood?


Views: 208


In General Outcome Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #339 New 09-21-2019 07:59 PM
Outcome

I have a friend, and sometimes our
conversations get a little weird.


I take a phenomenological approach
to the world
. He said

What do you mean? I asked

Well, I view the world based on
my subjective experiences.

So, I replied, you're a Buddhist?

No. Wait. What?
I never thought of it that way.


So, is your subjective approach
working for you?

Well, I tend to get a little depressed.
I despair of finding the Truth

Is that American existentialist despair?
Or, Buddhist despair?

Whoa, wait, what's the difference?

The outcome.


Views: 162


In General Cresting the Wave Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #338 New 09-01-2019 04:56 PM
Cresting the Wave

Cresting the wave
Feeling it power
Feeling its surging purpose
Heading headlong towards
Towards the far horizon

But, looking behind me
I see other waves following
Wave after wave after wave
All upon a motionless ocean


Views: 363


In General Tea Time After Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #337 New 06-08-2019 09:04 PM
Tea Time After Aikido

After Aikido class
We all go to a coffee shop
(Some have tea!)
We are mostly too old to
Care to go to a bar…
And, sweat cooling
We all discuss the class
Techniques, successes, failures
General pain and suffering
And then usually move
On to other subjects
(Religion, Politics, War, Logic,
Math, Science, Stupidity, etc.
all the common ailments
of Humankind)
A long-time class tradition
An open invitation
Sometimes outsiders join us
Old café denizens creeping out
Of the dark recesses of the coffee shop
Drawn to our charisma!
Calling us Sensei, Ninja Master…-
Who are we to disabuse them
And crush their souls?
But, then, Joseph starts talking
And we are all brought down to Earth
Still, we miss him when
He is gone and like him
So, we smile and nod our heads
(Sometimes slapping his)
And let the Aikido universe spin on
With cup o'tea in hand

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