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Old 10-29-2003, 10:24 AM   #126
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Johnny's retired,

But I am not,

Don't quit your day job,

You still need it a lot!

Haha!
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Old 10-29-2003, 07:42 PM   #127
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Boxers punch, one, two, one two!

And we all wonder what to do.

Do not worry about games and sports,

Just only think of your own efforts.

Whether they attack, whether they do not,

It is not for you to be on the spot.

Just two arms and just two punches,

Aikido deals with all such crunches!

Just practice hard, and do what you do,

Just practice Aikido, and let Aikido be,

What is important is to be free!
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Old 10-29-2003, 07:55 PM   #128
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There is no you

There is no me

There are no enemies

Only one moving in this dance of life

When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor.
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Old 10-30-2003, 12:22 AM   #129
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If there's no you,

And no me, and no enemy.

Who's dancing with thee?
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Old 10-30-2003, 01:50 AM   #130
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The enemy only attacks himself,

And destroys himself by his own actions.

Who can defeat the Path of Peace?

Perfect your art within yourself,

Realize the greater self,

You and the enemy are one.

In Oneness, who can the enemy attack?

In Oneness, who where does the fight begin?

Only in Oneness, Aikido is realized!

Wonderful art!
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:35 PM   #131
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The old teacher never knows,

When a student comes

And when he goes.

He cannot reap what he cannot sow.

It's all he can do, I suppose.

Like the warm summer breeze,

Blowing by so quickly,

The flower continually grows,

On the lonely old, crooked bough.
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Old 10-31-2003, 10:10 AM   #132
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We practice Aikido on Halloween,

Please don't come like monsters in green!

I'm sorry to say there's no "trick or treat,"

So don't complain and stomp your feet,

Please practice hard and sweat a lot,

And please don't give it another thought!

Sensei may wear a scary mask,

But whatever you think, please don't ask!

And although it looks like a scary face,

It's only his mug, by God's given grace!

Happy Halloween!
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Old 10-31-2003, 05:24 PM   #133
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Mushin, Zanshin are words hard to know,

It's hard to gauge the wisdom they sow.

Think about it, which way do we go?

Ponder too much, you'll never grow.

Forget about it, just bow your head low,

Just become Aiki from head, heart to toe!
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Old 11-01-2003, 05:38 AM   #134
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As much as we do, we talk about Ki,

So much confusion for you and me.

Then we chat about the meaning of Life,

Now we are filled with chaos and strife.

Who then asks about Shin and Mu-shin?

Just like sitting on a very sharp pin!

Then we ask about Aikido,

What can we say, what can we know?

Forget about words and move on the mat,

Work with your partner till you become One,

It is tremendous work, like seeing the sun,

Forget about him, forget about "Self,"

All those words belong on the shelf.

Once you forget about you and me,

Once you stop thinking about "one, two, and three."

You will merge with the meanings for all,

Which no one can deny, not one, not all.

Just be quiet, just become One,

Just be centered, just achieve "None."

In this "Mu," everything comes,

This is Infinity becoming One.

Don't remember these words, just forget it all,

Only train with one and with all,

Just forget about short and forget about tall,

Never mind about strong, never mind about weak,

Please don't worry about reaching your peak,

Just be happy, live life well and good,

This is Aikido, all understood.
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Old 11-01-2003, 08:48 AM   #135
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I have a question, Sensei:

Who/What has been the greatest spiritual influence in your life? Was it your actually practice of Aikido? Second Doshu? Someone or something else?

I liked your last poem. It was very good and touches on the important fact that we all must just DO and stop thinking about everything. I've realized many profound things in my life but have tried to live life accordingly... but still I like to research and learn more. So... thought I would ask who/what has been of great influence to you.

Domo Arigato!

Have a good day.

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Old 11-01-2003, 08:19 PM   #136
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Hi, I thought about your question all day long today but I still do not know how to answer you. At first I thought it would be easy to reply but as I thought about it, I realized that it is not as easy as I thought! This is a difficult topic - talking about my "self" which is essentially insubstantial as we discussed before! Haha! In another thread, someone asked for my background and I think I talked about some of my teachers. Maybe this will help you. I will continue to think about your question and if I have a good way to answer you clearly and honestly, I will note it here or another section. I am also embarrassed to talk about myself and I don't want to be accused of vanity. Thank you for your kind thoughts and let's continue to enjoy each other's ideas here. This one is for you, my friend:

Ask me no questions, I tell you no lies.

Whatever I say is not a surprise.

Some people think that I am very wise,

But I am nothing more than one who tries.

My Aikido now is past forty years,

Much, much happiness, but many more tears.

Everyone struggles in his own war,

Banging his head against his own door.

All I can say is do not seek fame,

Do not seek wealth and do not seek name.

You will feel pain and burdens so great,

But it is part of path thru the Great Gate.

Though Harmony's a word so easy to say,

You need to practice it hard each day by day.

Keep your faith in the Aikido Way,

There is nothing more, this is all I can say.
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Old 11-02-2003, 09:24 AM   #137
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Whatever happened to "Silly Poems?"

Let's not talk about dread and gloom.

Let's talk about something light,

Something that makes your face bright.

Many students come and practice so well,

Make the Dojo a paradise, not a hell.

Still there are rules and everyone sweats,

It is to do and not to fret,

Please keep moving and don't sit down,

Don't sit there like wearing a crown,

But get up and practice and move around,

Pour out your energy, your Aikido bound!

Haha! Everyone have a good day!
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Old 11-02-2003, 11:49 AM   #138
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There once was a dojo in Boulder,

Where the students were all getting older.

Their hakama worn,

Their uwagi torn,

But their spirits so bright and much bolder.


~~Paula~~
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Old 11-02-2003, 12:16 PM   #139
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They have a great teacher named Ikeda,

Which is really hard to rhyme with -a. . . .

When I figure this out, I'll give you a shout,

And we will all feel much "beh-ta!"

(How most Japanese natives pronounce "better." Haha!)

Please give Ikeda Sensei my very best & warmest regards! As always, thanks again,
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Old 11-02-2003, 07:22 PM   #140
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We always search for the right answers,

And all we become is fancy word dancers.

In the question, the answer be,

Seek the right question and be free.

Forget the answer that comes too easy,

Never, in this world, is there a freebie.

Polish yourself and practice well,

All will be known before you can tell.

Finally, my friend, there no question be,

Answer and question is not what you see,

Look deeper, my friend, and you can tell,

All answers and questions lead to hell.

Practice with reason, practice with faith,

Old great masters left no trace.

Find the right path by your own great will.

Then the Great Energy, your Life will fill.
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Old 11-03-2003, 05:32 AM   #141
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To be happy and free,

Involves you and me.

It can never be,

A freedom just me.

Because I alone,

Is never a true home.

But more than one,

Is often not fun.

We can argue with two,

To fight I need you.

Though fight we can do,

This path is not true,

The Way of Peace, is ours to find,

Take all your fighting out of mind.

As hard as hard as this Way can be,

This is the path to truly be free.
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Old 11-03-2003, 09:21 AM   #142
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if it takes two to battle

i fear i must cry

when those who are fighting

are my self and i

yet if in this conflict

i can learn how to blend

the attacks i've been making

may come to an end

and yet as i read this

i think that next time

my poems will be better

if i don't try to rhyme!

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Old 11-03-2003, 11:31 AM   #143
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Great! I'm luvin' it, many thanks!
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Old 11-03-2003, 12:30 PM   #144
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To fight with others brings great harm,

Not to the other, but to one's soul.

To fight with the self is the great fight

of the brave of heart -

It is the most courageous fight of all.

The first step of our spiritual journey. . . .

Today, many want to see Aikido as a fighting system. . . . .

But true martial arts is to take the other's life,

Are you prepared to pay the price?

To corrupt the soul and destroy your heart forever?

If Aikido only brings death and injury, it is not the True Path of O'Sensei. . . ..

Only base games and competitions. . . . .

And rhyming is more fun.
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Old 11-03-2003, 12:47 PM   #145
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The life that is yours

to take is your own,

carving your ego

right down to the bone

Admiring the beautiful

skeleton there,

rebuilding yourself

with compassion and care

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Old 11-03-2003, 12:55 PM   #146
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This is really beautiful, I like your poem very much! I reminds me of a very famous Zen poem, something like: "Peel back the thin piece of skin we call our face, revealing the pure white skull beneath - we are all the same afterall!

There is another Zen poem which talks about "whatever we do in life, our bones eventually turn pure white." Pure white meaning that we all eventually return back to our Original Purity.

Thanks again, I really enjoyed that!
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Old 11-03-2003, 08:16 PM   #147
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Build your life with compassion and love,

Receive your energy from above,

Ground yourself with the earth below,

In this life, we reap what we sow.

Do not wait till your bones bleach white,

But fight for your Life with all your might.

The Aikido path is supreme,

Thru this Way, we fulfill our dreams.

Do not worry what others say,

Do not your heart or soul betray,

Always look for a brighter day.

Stronger than the strongest throw,

Is the power each day to grow.

More effective than an effective pin,

Is the power of compassion, not to win.
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Old 11-04-2003, 06:42 AM   #148
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From the very start, follow your heart,

Follow your teacher whom you trust,

This is the Way to enter this art.

Many distractions come before you,

These are obstacles you must break through.

No Path is easy as your think,

Until it takes you to the brink.

Talk about this and talk about that,

Nothing is real but what's on the mat.

Work with others, don't think to fight,

The power of wisdom is stronger than might.

Bow your head and never be proud.

Don't be arrogant, don't be loud.

Just practice hard in your quiet way,

And never mind what others say.

The Path is not what others cry,

It's in your heart until you die.

To all others be faithful be,

Be true yourself where others can't see.
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Old 11-04-2003, 05:59 PM   #149
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Be true to yourself where others can't see,

deeply seeking to set yourself free.

Study the form and make it your own

then throw it away and you will be home.

Wherever you go, there you will be,

with no need to worry because you will see

that the pain of setting the form in the bone

opens the universe for you to roam.

Thank you, Sensei, for your kind comments. I'm having some fun with this!

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Old 11-04-2003, 10:54 PM   #150
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Open the Universe for you to roam,

This, indeed, is our True Home.

A quiet moon, and sea of foam,

Crying birds sing subtle tones.

The morning mist, the emerging sun,

Here it is, where man becomes One.

Here among the talk and chatter,

Quiet words without the clatter,

Running streams, a pure Spring breeze,

Whispers of a Life of Peace.

Sharon: I really like your last poem. This one reminds me of the famous lines from the Hannya Shingyo: "Shiki soku ze ku, Ku soku ze shiki." - "Form is nothing other than emptiness, emptiness is nothing other than form." Many thanks again!
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