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Old 11-30-2003, 07:09 AM   #326
Kensho Furuya
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Smaller classes during happy holidays,

Everyone busy during such a sacred time,

Can dojos become so empty?

As we seek such a happy spirit?

Where is our real, true home?

In the heart and on the tatami!
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Old 11-30-2003, 09:42 AM   #327
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Open heart

Free mind

Light body

Flowing Ki

When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor.
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Old 11-30-2003, 02:44 PM   #328
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Mind so free and light,

Yet trapped here in this old body,

Where can I fly so quickly and so far?

Like a bright light in a diamond,

Which can never go beyond its own abode.

You never find me far from the dojo,

My home and Universe!
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Old 11-30-2003, 04:02 PM   #329
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Heaven as my roof

Earth as my floor

The dojo where I practice

is not bound by any wall

When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor.
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Old 11-30-2003, 05:23 PM   #330
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Following post #319 by Kensho Furuya, Nov 28. Waka poem by an old Zen Master:

The snow of Shorin is stained crimson,

Let us dye our heart with it

Humble though it may be.

---

A few of my own words--

I must make my own crimson snow;

another's, even Eka's, will not do.

My own search, training,

blood and tears fall

upon heavy, cold, heavenly snow.

In the Spring they are all gone.

Nothing can be lost.
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Old 11-30-2003, 07:52 PM   #331
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Some practice in the great dojo of heaven and earth before all,

Some even spill the their blood on freshly fallen snow.

A younger heart would gladly follow you.

Yet, in this dojo on these cold winter nights,

My older, wiser bones gladly make this old warm blanket and tiny heater its comfy heaven and paradise!

Younger folk run on ahead of me!

I take this Path of no-step-forward, no-step back. . . . .

Going is only another arrival, arriving is yet another journey on!
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Old 12-01-2003, 11:39 AM   #332
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a rose of

crystal

with a heart

of glass

nestled in a basket

a wickerwork sphere

bound round with brambles

thorny and sharp

stay away!

inward as well

thorns imprison

the heart in

the rose

so fragile

a touch threatens

to shatter

a heart into

splinters

which in turn become

thorns

stay inside

your thorny prison

it is safe in here

in the silent dark

bleeding, weeping

fiery tears

of self-imposed

restraint

no coming

no going

no growing

the brambles

around, entwining the heart in

the rose

in the basket

touched by one

small drop

of love

more roses bloom

until

of a sudden

love is lost

somehow within

the tears of loss

another flower

blooms

tiny roses struggle

to open in the

spaces in the wicker

where the light

may shine

with eash new blossom

the colors of sunset

the colors of flame

a thorn

may drop

away

until some day

the light shines through

the wicker sphere

of velvet roses

shines and softens and

melts

my heart of glass

to softness

come close

come near

and gently hold

and see within

from my safe canter

in the heart

of the rose

can we see

each other

can we see in each other

ourselves?

................

this one is for Wendy Palmer, Sensei, for helping me find my canter.

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Old 12-01-2003, 03:25 PM   #333
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Stormy autumn day, low tide,

Gulls sit in fourth winter pride,

Ocean treasures at my feet,

Mussels crack, the birds will eat.

Gulls no sign of interest show,

No look back as on I go,

Yet after a little while,

Happy gull calls make me smile.
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Old 12-02-2003, 06:51 PM   #334
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Cold winds and chilly nights,

Christmas come soon,

To warm our hearts!
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Old 12-02-2003, 10:55 PM   #335
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Flashy swords dancing this way and that,

Twirling in the air like pretty dancing girls,

Who can know its True Form?

If the sword is in one's mind?

No one sees its coming, no one sees its going,

Like the lonely traveller in the deep mountain,

The old Path covered in fallen leaves,

Blown by the cold, winter wind,

It is only for the true seeker of knowledge.
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Old 12-03-2003, 03:41 PM   #336
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Shorin's red rose snow, / Sleeping tiger that draws us, / Tests of mind and heart.

When on tiger's back, / We can't see his claws that flash, / Less look at our belt.

What's in it for me / if I ride that old tiger? / Nothing. No thing. No.

Tigers of old school, / Show their teeth and growl, and yet / Right hearts make them purr.
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Old 12-03-2003, 06:55 PM   #337
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Drawing this fine, old blade,

Still it's edge so keen and fine,

The true warrior spirit!
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Old 12-03-2003, 07:27 PM   #338
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The blue flower weeps

It's youthful stem is twisted

Old hands let it go

--

The soft murmer of the tea cettle

Brings my mind into a soft repose

As my criticalness dissolves

My heart is at one with my bowl of tea.

"For peace and happiness are presences, not objects we can grasp and hold onto."
--Lilian Smith
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Old 12-03-2003, 07:35 PM   #339
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Thru the evergreen pine,

A gentle breeze whisks away

The fallen leaves and my cares.

Do you study Sado? Very nice poem, the first one reminds me of a well known haiku by Chiyo
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Old 12-03-2003, 07:49 PM   #340
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I study sado, although I could be a better student.

"For peace and happiness are presences, not objects we can grasp and hold onto."
--Lilian Smith
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Old 12-03-2003, 07:55 PM   #341
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Yes, we can ALL be better students. . . . .

My tea teacher has a student teaching in your area. What school are you and who is your teacher? I am in the Urasenke.
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Old 12-03-2003, 09:04 PM   #342
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I'm urasenke, too. My previous teachers were Kathy Lyons and Austin Babcock, who have now moved away. My current teacher is Hobart Bell.

Did the student of your teacher, in my area, go to Midorikai (the scholarship-run program for foriegners to learn urasenke tea in Kyoto)? Two of my fellow students went to Midorikai, and I know that one of them teaches. One of their friends who also went to Midorikai also lives in the area, and she might teach as well (I don't know).

What I meant by being a better student (I was going to edit the post but forgot) was that I get so caught up in school work, etc, that I forgot the importance of my spiritual path. I do not keep my prioritices straight, and because of neglected homework assignments, I have ended up not going to tea or aikido for the last month and a half.

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Old 12-03-2003, 09:36 PM   #343
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Thank you. What I meant is that, in everything we do, especially Aikido and tea, we can always improve. . . .

My teacher is Matsumoto Sosei in Los Angeles and she has been teaching in the area over 40 or 50 years. Her school is called Urasenke Kon-nichi An. She taught my grandmother when she was very young. . . . I haven't practiced tea for several years because my teaching schedule in the dojo has been so hectic. Best wishes!
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Old 12-03-2003, 09:37 PM   #344
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Pippin was a puppy

he pranced around like a yuppie

because he was happy

then he needed a nappie

he was a cute little puffball

and sometimes a cute little gruffpall

when he needs to protect his mommy

"For peace and happiness are presences, not objects we can grasp and hold onto."
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Old 12-03-2003, 09:43 PM   #345
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thankyou

I guess we are where we are in life. Where I currently am, I have no idea what I'm going to do with my life, only having a sense of what I love. Best of wishes with teaching.

"For peace and happiness are presences, not objects we can grasp and hold onto."
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Old 12-03-2003, 09:52 PM   #346
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One of my Zen teachers used to say, "We think we are in control of our lives and are doing what we want to do, but more often than not, we are pulled about this way and that, back and forth, completely beyond our control . . . . . The late Kisaburo Ohsawa Sensei of Aikikai often said, "Practice Aikido joyously." I am sure he meant this about Life as well. Best wishes!
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Old 12-04-2003, 06:26 AM   #347
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Stuffy nose and sore throat,

Sensei caught a cold,

A student's early X'mas gift!
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Old 12-04-2003, 09:41 AM   #348
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As I lay on the grass

I listen to the whisper of the ground

echo in the movement of the trees

to the infinity of the sky

and I know

that I'm part of it all.


Get well soon, Furuya Sensei.

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Old 12-04-2003, 09:46 AM   #349
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head cold brings

the gift of rest,

napping in the sun

recovering

the little things

often left undone

pet the cat

fragrant hot tea

plant shadows dancing

heart dreaming free

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Old 12-04-2003, 06:54 PM   #350
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Lotsa tea and rest,

And hiding under this blanket

With my cold!
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