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Old 10-21-2003, 09:49 AM   #76
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To see that person in the mirror,

Is only the mind of the particular seer,

Never fear whatever you see,

It's always you and never me!
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Old 10-21-2003, 09:59 AM   #77
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Hahaha! Yes, yes, I know that last one was pretty corny, but I couldn't resist! How can I focus well, when dear Paula writes such racy stuf heref? - at least for a poor, simple monk!
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Old 10-21-2003, 10:07 AM   #78
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and yet we always see each

other

as pictures of how they

should be

and i become

against my will

what it is they

choose to see

that really

truly

is not me

and no amount of

force

will make me be

the me they think they ought

to see

.......

and this is

why my heart

and life

have left me

feeling

so empty

........

for i need

a you

to show me

me

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Old 10-21-2003, 10:16 AM   #79
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Sweet Paula here writes poems of love,

On dojo mats where all can see,

I don't really know what it's all about,

Whatever you do - no "lights out!"
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Old 10-21-2003, 10:24 AM   #80
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Never worry about the "me" you see,

Because that "me" will never be,

The True Self will soon appear,

Just practice hard without the doubts,

And the True "You" will come about.
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Old 10-21-2003, 10:53 AM   #81
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crises

spiritual exercise equipment

in the universal health club
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Old 10-21-2003, 10:56 AM   #82
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I thought I used to know who I am

Emotions are draining me

Feeling so hollow inside

Closed doors of the mind

Locking the truth behind

As the eyes are the windows to the soul

I look at myself in the mirror

And I do not recognize the stranger I see

When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor.
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Old 10-21-2003, 11:30 AM   #83
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Old, but well known Zen saying:

"Hibi Kojitsu" - Each day is a Good Day! In our Aikido training and as we reflect on our lives and our selves, we often feel frustration and sometimes desperation. Disappointment is only another part of our training which we eventually overcome, just as we struggle to understand and refine our techniques. We should never think of it something apart for our selves which intrude and interferes with what we aspire to. Embrace the "bad' as well as the good and see its original Oneness. Dogen Zenji wrote: "The greater the aspiration, the greater the enlightenment." I am really enjoying and learning a lot here in everyone's wonderful and thoughtful words. Thank you and have a very Good Day today!
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Old 10-21-2003, 12:47 PM   #84
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this one is not mine but excerpted from The Boxer by Paul Simon...been ringing in my head so i'm sending it along...

I have squandered my resistance,

For a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises.

All lies and jest.

Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.

And the years are rollin' by me.

They are rockin' evenly.

I am older than I once was, and younger than I'll be.

That's not unusual.

It isn't strange,

After changes upon changes, we are more or less the same.

After changes, we are more or less the same.

In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade,

And he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down,

Or cut him 'til he cried out in his anger and his shame,

"i am leaving, I am leaving."

But the fighter still remains.

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Old 10-21-2003, 12:49 PM   #85
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Talk about your Silly Poem's. Sensei Furuya, you and the others have inspired me to write. Good or bad... it doesn't matter. It's here to be posted regardless.

Have a good one!

Frustration became despair
Where I was once overwhelmed
I now see… that I could not see
And have blinded those around me

I was foolish, like many times before
Instead of an opening, I saw only the door
Now it is up to me to blend
And free my loved one again.

Time to dance the dance of Tenkan!



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Old 10-21-2003, 12:50 PM   #86
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KenshoSensei

you are amazing. just seconds ago i deleted a long and snivelly email to you- and here you have answered it with just exactly the thing i needed to hear.

thank you again, and again.

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Old 10-21-2003, 01:05 PM   #87
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We can understand and we can live,

Living can embody understanding,

But understanding can never embrace living.

I should confess a funny story here. I used to hear this song all the time as a theme song for kung-fu movies many years ago. . . . When I first heard it as a Simon and Garfunkel song, I was so shocked! - I didn't realize that these old kung-fu movies had "borrowed" it from S&G and not visa-versa. Thanks for the memories, I haven't heard this song for a long, long time. Which is the S&G song with, "I'd rather be a hammer, than a nail . . .?"
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Old 10-21-2003, 01:10 PM   #88
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KenshoSensei

you are amazing. just seconds ago i deleted a long and snivelly email to you- and here you have answered it with just exactly the thing i needed to hear.

thank you again, and again.

Q
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Old 10-21-2003, 02:05 PM   #89
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Please send the email to me anyways, I would love to read it and hear what you have to say.

Best wishes always and let's meet here again soon!
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Old 10-22-2003, 09:17 AM   #90
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Who should visit this tiny thread?

Among the nobler in Aikiweb?

Should I call this my new found home?

Under the name of "Silly Poem?"
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Old 10-22-2003, 09:40 AM   #91
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cyber sensei

holds the center

spins a web

of poetry

draws his

students' minds

and hearts

within the

spinning strands of

words

here in cyber dojo

we do not need

to go from

here

where we are not

alone.

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Old 10-22-2003, 10:21 AM   #92
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Is "cyber sensei" my new found name?

Is this the source of new found fame?

Many things, I've been called in the past,

Easier to ryhme, when it ends in "ass!"

Every morning, we all meet here,

No need for fame, no need to fear.

Like great masters in days of old,

Good friends, good times, more precious than gold!

Let's share our hearts in the spirit of Aiki,

Forget the strong, forget the mighty.

Forget the Self, just you and me!

Just enjoy this day, let's have some tea,

This is Oneness, - in poetry!
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Old 10-22-2003, 10:46 AM   #93
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Go to a Dojo,

Blend.

Go on the mat,

Bend.

Start to practice.

Be.

There is no end.
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Old 10-22-2003, 02:16 PM   #94
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We turn, we enter, throw and pin,

An amazing art with so many spins!

So many questions, here arise,

So many answers without surprise.

Which way do I go, who can say?

Just turn, just enter, just follow the Way.
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Old 10-22-2003, 07:01 PM   #95
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Faced with the blade

Fear and uncertainty cloud the mind

Better to run away than to hesitate

Faced with the blade

Calm spirit, submit to the Divine

Relaxed mind, enter with no doubt

When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor.
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Old 10-22-2003, 07:18 PM   #96
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This is a great poem! It echoes a poem by a Zen priest to a Hojo general who was about to ride into battle against ferocious odds. This was a little over 600 years ago. Many thanks!

I would like to reply with:

Who can face the Sword of Death?

Who can know the Sword of Life?

Held above the head so calmly,

The mystery is in the Inner Breath.
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Old 10-23-2003, 05:04 PM   #97
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From streams to rivers, to oceans, flow,

From many places, we come and go,

To come together on a single mat,

And practice with a single heart,

We struggle daily with this mysterious art,

Our love and practice flow as one,

All embracing like the morning sun,

Like two wheels of a single cart.

This Single Path from where we start.
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Old 10-23-2003, 06:40 PM   #98
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what's in a name

and how are we named

in such a way as

our names are our

selves

who's decree

would it have been

that i be

a staff

strong but inflexible

intended for beating

into a pulp

that with which

it disagrees

in the fire i will

burn away

to nothingness

but the blind kendo

student

who saw the true me

who named me katana

he called me a sword

i am sharp

yes you fear me

but in my blade

i bend

i can be turned

to show myself

in cutting you

i cut myself

you may burn me

and beat me

my temper is

strenghthened

resiliance returns

slowly if i may

only

cool in the

quenching waters

of love

where could it

be?

i return to

the fire

heart in my hand

slice myself into

ribbons

waiting in the

flames

for the healing rain.

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Old 10-23-2003, 07:55 PM   #99
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I don't know what to say

Thank you for your compliments, Sensei

I wish someday I could truly find my way

with no doubts nor fear, again I could play

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Old 10-23-2003, 08:42 PM   #100
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Doubts and fears that don't exist,

Seem like enemies who persist.

Cut them here, cut them there,

They seem lurking everywhere,

But look more closely, my dear friend,

There is nothing there to Hell to send.

Only shadows of a wavering mind,

Which feel like ropes which seem to bind.

Just be free and freedom comes,

Have no doubts and doubts will go,

Have no fears, just let them flow,

Look ahead and don't look back,

The fear you fear is no attack!

The Path you tread is Aikido,

It's not pure white like fallen snow.

Choose goodness and goodness be,

Let's be friends, just you and me,

And in this friendship you will see,

No doubts, no fears, just open sea.

Fear and doubt is only a natural part of your personality and your Self. There is nothing wrong with it, we all have it. No one can deny this fact. As long as you stand away from it, or try to separate yourself from it, you will never be able to conquer it. Just let it be a part of youself and accept it, without judging it or criticizing yourself. Nothing to blame here and there is nothing wrong. Soon you will see that it is no longer there. Aikido is easy and Aikido is hard. It is not a medicine or miracle cure for anything, nor will it solve any riddles or answer any questions. It can only show you that standing up by yourself is fine and dandy. Nothing blamed and nothing to forgive. Nothing to seek and nothing to hold. Originally, everything is complete and good. . . . . . Aikido is only a door or window through which you can see this, everything else is up to you. Best wishes always, and write again soon.
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