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Old 03-07-2007, 03:37 PM   #61
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Feb 2004
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Re: When you bow do you worship or just...

Good post. I disagree about the "shinto ritual". The bow and the two claps are the one clap and the echo. The two claps also bring you right into the moment now. Now, if you think of it as a shinto ritual, than that is what it is for you; if you think of it as a simple ceremony for bringing you into the moment now, that is what it is for you no matter what your religious background. Aikido goes with all religions. 'Religion' itself, translates as "bringing together".

In gassho

Mark
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