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Old 07-19-2005, 04:58 AM   #23
AugustV
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Re: Catholic Aikidoka

Thank you all for your generous replies. I wondered if any had felt a conflict between the spiritual aspects of aikido and their Christianity. I too have studied and practiced Christian mysticism (as a secular Discalced Carmelite), and have benefited from Buddhist meditation techniques. Your responses have at least shown me that there are Christians--apparently devout--who have thought about these issues seriously and are practicing Aikido. There is no doubt in my mind that O'Sensei was a great man, someone whom Christ loves/loved much, I should think.

The dualism inherent in Oriental thought is not compatible with Christianity, but certainly much of what is in Aikido is good. Now, on to ki...
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