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    No Problem mate.

    Stay away from bullshit, no matter how dressed-up it is.

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    He larps Koan as well? You gotta love psuedo-Buddhists..

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    Forgive my ignorance but... Koan ?

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    Logical paradox or story/parable used in teaching zen/chan to create conflict in the mind to release the essence of understanding of zen/chan through nonsense to non-sense.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koan
    Last edited by Bran Lydster; 3/17/2008 10:42am at .

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    A Zen teaching tool. "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" is the one he references in the interview, saying he went traveling Asia in search of the answer.

    If he went traveling Asia in search of the answer, it's a pretty safe bet he doesn't have a clue what he's talking about. It may not be a direct corellary to his JSA claims, but if he's LARPing Buddhism, then you gotta wonder about other things...

    Why don't people LARP Christianity?

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    Many are stories of teaching and learning. A way of passing information through an oral tradition and to develop cognitive abilities.

    BODHIDHARMA left his robe and bowl to his chosen successor; and each patriarch thereafter handed it down to the monk that, in his wisdom, he had chosen as the next successor. Gunin was the fifth such Zen patriarch. One day he announced that his successor would be he who wrote the best verse expressing the truth of their sect. The learned chief monk of Gunin's monastery thereupon took brush and ink, and wrote in elegant characters:

    The body is a Bodhi-tree
    The soul a shining mirror:
    Polish it with study
    Or dust will dull the image.

    No other monk dared compete with the chief monk. But at twilight Yeno, a lowly disciple who had been working in the kitchen, passed through the hall where the poem was hanging. Having read it, he picked up a brush that was lying nearby, and below the other poem
    he wrote in his crude hand:

    Bodhi is not a tree;
    There is no shining mirror.
    Since All begins with Nothing
    Where can dust collect?

    Later that night Gunin, the fifth patriarch, called Yeno to his room. "I have read your poem," said he, "and have chosen you as my successor. Here: take my robe and my bowl. But our chief monk and the others will be jealous of you and may do you harm. Therefore I
    want you to leave the monastery tohight, while the others are asleep."

    In the morning the chief monk learned the news, and immediately rushed out, following the path Yeno had taken. At midday he overtook him, and without a word tried to pull the robe and bowl out of Yeno's hands.

    Yeno put down the robe and the bowl on a rock by the path. "These are only things which are symbols," he said to the monk. "If you want the things so much, please take them."

    The monk eagerly reached down and seized the objects. But he could not budge them. They had become heavy as a mountain.

    "Forgive me," he said at last, "I really want the teaching, not the things. Will you teach me?"

    Yeno replied, "Stop thinking this is mine and stop thinking this is not mine. Then tell me, where are you? Tell me also: what did your face look like, before your parents were born?"
    "Sifu, I"m niether - I'm a fire dragon so don't **** with me!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeMcSomething
    Is there anywhere you can actually go in Arizona to get a decent education in the sword arts.
    Perhaps Simio can give his impression of this school:
    http://www.kenshindojo.net/Home.php

    Quote Originally Posted by Errant108
    Why don't people LARP Christianity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aardvarks
    Perhaps Simio can give his impression of this school:
    http://www.kenshindojo.net/Home.php
    One word... Legit !

    Araki Ryu is a legitimate koryu and although the website doesn't give me any "first impression" red flags, I can't give an informed opinion without further research into the teacher. However; I would be happy to train there with what I've seen thus far.

    I must say I was impressed with his kenshibu !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeMcSomething
    Is there anywhere you can actually go in Arizona to get a decent education in the sword arts?
    There's kendo in Phoenix and Tucson. Check out the info here.

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    There is also ShinShin Ryu Iaijutsu in Tucson. The Web address is www.ryushinkandojo.com

    I have heard good things about the about the kendo group in Tucson also.

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