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Old 06-27-2008, 08:02 PM   #1
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My experiance mirrors Sensei Hooker's to a degree...and by practicing "not fighting" I've been told I have turned into a really sweet guy.
Really? I've been questioned by some pretty top-notch martial-artists about why I put up with some of the self-absorbed contributors in martial-arts forums like AikiWeb. My reply usually has to do with the fact that I look for facts and ignore the people who are into it for themselves. Could we get off this worry about personal appearances?

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Old 06-27-2008, 08:21 PM   #2
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Mixing in values and judgements into a technical matter simply misses the point and diminishes both the stand-alone importance of the values and the usefulness of the technical information.
I absolutely agree. And frankly, I've met too many top-notch Asians who were puzzled by the western tendency to equate emotional considerations with what is to them a practical and beautiful study.

It's like those too-many westerners are afraid to simply let go of the emotional aspects and follow a true, non-emotional Way.

There is a tendency to fantasize/mix very sophisticated Asian philosophy with something like "Kwai Chang Cain" and David Carradine in "Kung Fu". A complete absurdity and misunderstanding.

The priests of Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism were the people of the village who told villagers the cold hard truths and advised them of practicalities...., not the master-strokers we find in so many dojo's.

But that's not what so many popularists are looking for, particularly in Aikido... a fantasy, not a reality or a real Dao.

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Old 06-27-2008, 09:05 PM   #3
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Really? I've been questioned by some pretty top-notch martial-artists about why I put up with some of the self-absorbed contributors in martial-arts forums like AikiWeb. My reply usually has to do with the fact that I look for facts and ignore the people who are into it for themselves. Could we get off this worry about personal appearances?

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Mike Sigman
I totally agree....So why not take your own advice and ignore me and please stop your personal attacks or take it to PM. Much to your dismay my observations about the link between spiritual and Martial aka technical development were not directed to you. Why you continue to take my posts personally is a problem you may wish to address with your "peers"

As for Mr. Chan I have been both an Aikidoka and practicing Buddhist in the Soto Zen tradition for 20 years. While the two may not have a metaphysical "direct link" BOTH have a technical application that can produce a "spiritual" result...and one of those "results" IMHO is the capacity for greater compassion. Which by the way is one of the philosphies of Budo.

The title of the thread is "Power and Compassion" and I am simply sharing my knowledge of the subject and I also a simple question related to the thread topic.

Of course there are those who may not agree with my opinion and are more than welcome to rebuke it.

Amazingly most are like Mr. Chan and are able to do it compassionately and without rancour.

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Old 06-27-2008, 09:12 PM   #4
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Amazingly most are like Mr. Chan and are able to do it compassionately and without rancour.
Who has rancor? Disagreement with a poseur is not "rancor"; it's more like "distaste". Are you suggesting that your mindset represents the thinking of Soto Zen, then?

I think this offer of yours that you represent the thinking of Zen thought is a pretty good topic for the thread, then, in terms of "Power and Compassion". Maybe we can track what went wrong, after all!

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Old 06-27-2008, 09:26 PM   #5
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Who has rancor? Disagreement with a poseur is not "rancor"; it's more like "distaste". Are you suggesting that your mindset represents the thinking of Soto Zen, then?

I think this offer of yours that you represent the thinking of Zen thought is a pretty good topic for the thread, then, in terms of "Power and Compassion". Maybe we can track what went wrong, after all!

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Mike Sigman
You just won't let go of it...I am simply relating my personal experiance and giving Mr Chan some background regarding the nature of my opinion.

You have apparently decided to make me the straw man and hold me up as the poster boy for your dislike of some of the folks who post here on Aikiweb because thier experiances are the polar opposite of yours and/or you feel you have the answers and those who are are still finding their own "way" are worthy of contempt or belittlement.

Do whatever you have to do there Sifu. I have never had a personal beef with you. I refuse to disrespect or attack you and take note gentle readers... I won't change my attitude about Mr. Sigman via PM either. He knows that too.

William Hazen

Hopefully we have not ruined this thread for the others but if you wish to continue then please take my suggestion and Jun's direction and take it to PM

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Old 06-27-2008, 09:35 PM   #6
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Of course there are those who may not agree with my opinion and are more than welcome to rebuke it.
Make up your mind then.

I suspect that your offer, once again, of personal trappings like the "I am Soto Zen" will make an interesting addition to the whole topic of "Power and Compassion". I've already voiced my opinion about the number of role-players I perceive as an additive effect to the "Hidden in Plain Sight" paradigm offered by Ellis. Perhaps you could add a few salient thoughts?

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Old 06-27-2008, 10:12 PM   #7
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Make up your mind then.

I suspect that your offer, once again, of personal trappings like the "I am Soto Zen" will make an interesting addition to the whole topic of "Power and Compassion". I've already voiced my opinion about the number of role-players I perceive as an additive effect to the "Hidden in Plain Sight" paradigm offered by Ellis. Perhaps you could add a few salient thoughts?

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Mike Sigman
Perhaps I could. I am just waiting for you to stop attacking me and return to the thread topic. And by the way it would be helpful if you did not take what I said out of context...

I'll post again on the topic when your finished. In the mean time I'll just enjoy what others have to contribute on the subject.


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Old 06-28-2008, 06:17 AM   #8
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