6/21/2014

Komyo-In France

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Koomyoo-In, Kômyô-in 光明院 Komyo-In, Komyoin

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Bienvenue sur le site du temple Komyo-In !



Le Temple Komyo-In (temple de la lumière) représente en France et en Europe le bouddhisme Shingon. Cette tradition a été fondée au 8 ème siècle par Kobo Daishi, un des maîtres bouddhistes les plus renommé du Japon.

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KOMYO-IN - Bouddhisme Shingon



Acalanatha (Fudo Myoo) a une importance considérable dans les rituels

Association Shingon de France
- source : komyoin.free.fr




Acalanatha (Fudo Myoo)
a une importance considérable dans les rituels, notamment dans les Gomas ou rituels de feu. Forme irritée de Mahavairocana le bouddha principal, il incarne l'immuabilité et l'aspect inébranlable de
l'éveil.

Il est ainsi décrit dans le Mahavairocana Sutra: "Acala, le serviteur du Tathagata tient le sabre de la sagesse et le Pasa; sa chevelure pend sur l'épaule gauche; un oeil louchant un peu, il regarde fixement; des flammes ardentes jaillissent avec violence de son corps qui inspire une terreur sacrée; il est installé sur un grand rocher; sur son front il y a des rides comme des vagues sur l'eau; c'est un jeune garçon au corps replet."

Serviteur des ascètes qui suivent la voie du bouddha, il les porte sur le lotus à8 pétales situé au sommet de sa tête. Son glaive tranche la confusion et les doutes, les flammes qui l'entoure brûlent les passions, son lasso symbolise autant l'immobilisation des forces hostiles à l'éveil, que la grande concentration. Son oeil gauche est à moitié fermé, son oeil droit est ouvert. Il fait entrer dans le suprême véhicule. Les deux canines, une vers le haut, une vers le bas, brisent tous les obstacles. Sa bouche fermée détruit le souffle du samsara de tous les êtres. Son siège représente le mont Suméru. Cela représente que la qualité de bouddha de tous les êtres est inébranlable. Pareil au Mont Suméru. Il est solide comme un grand rocher, c'est à dire qu'il montre que la vertu du grand Dhyâna est inébranlable. Il est en vérité la divinité de la profonde compassion.
(Ryujun Tajima)

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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims .



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6/20/2014

Special Statues

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Statues of Fudo Myo-O


. Famous Statues of Fudo Myo-O 有名な仏像 .  
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Enryooji 圓陵寺 / 円陵寺 Enryo-Ji
Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi

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Entsuuji 円通寺 Entsu-Ji
愛知県名古屋市熱田区 / Nagoya, Atsuta

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- Homepage Nakamura Mitake Jinja Shrine 中村御嶽神社
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Mitaki-Dera 三瀧寺 "Temple with three waterfalls"
411 Mitakiyama, Nishi Ward, Hiroshima
- source : Jake Ojisan

"Mitaki-Kannon" (三滝観音).
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source : blog.livedoor.jp - gokurakuan

21,5 cm high, with a halo of metal 火焔は銅製
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Special Statues of Fudo Myo-O

Some statues do not conform to the normal iconography.


Fudo Myo-o Action Figure!













- even fighting a robot






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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims .



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6/19/2014

Akafudo Adachi Fukushima

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Akafudo 赤不動 Red Fudo

Endoogataki Fudoo son 遠藤ヶ滝不動尊
Fudo at the waterfall Endogataki


Nr. 31 相応寺 新義真言宗 - 赤不動
Soo-ooji 相応寺 So-O-Ji
Fukushima 福島県 - 智慧の道場 - chie

. 東北三十六不動尊霊場
36 Fudo Temples in Tohoku .
 

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福島県安達郡大玉村玉井字南町188 - Ootama village, Adachi town

Main statues are Dainichi Nyorai and Fudo Myo-O

The temple was founded by priest Tokuitsu in 807. It was located high up in the mountain and in winter, heavy snow made the access difficult.

In 1394 the temple was relocated further down to Kameyama 亀山
and in 1563 during the life of priest 実弁法印 relocated again to its present place and greatly enlarged.


- Chant of the temple
安達太良の御山の里の不動尊 
滝にうたれて祈る巡礼


at the food of
mount Adatara yama
we pray at the Fudo Statue
pounded by the waterfall


Mount Adatarayama is a volcano in central Fukushima, about 1700 meters.
There are many hot springs in the area too.

Kukai Kobo Daishi, priest Tokuitsu and the fighting with the Emishi people in the Tohoku region by the imperial government in Kyoto.
. Enichiji 慧日寺 Enichi-Ji .

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source : mikenikoban/kenpoku/endougataki

The statue is in memory of the story of the Adachi Samurai 遠藤盛遠 Endo Morito.
Endo fell in love with 袈裟御前 Kesa Gozen, but the love was not fullfilled, since she was married. He ended up killing her with his own sword, as she had lured him to a room to kill her husband, but was there herself to end her tragic love situation.
After her death he became a priest and took the name of Mongaku 文覚.
He often took ablutions for his sin under the waterfall, which eventually was named after him - 遠藤ヶ滝 Endogataki - Endo Waterfall.





One Fudo statue in the temple was carved by
. Priest Tokuitsu 徳一大師 (760 - 835) .

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. MONGAKU, Priest Mongaku 文覚(もんがく) .

July 20. 保延5年(1139年) - 建仁3年7月21日(1203年8月29日)
His name was Endoo Moritoo 遠藤盛遠 Endo Morito.

Mongaku Ki 文覚忌 Mongaku Memorial Day
Moritoo Ki 盛遠忌 Morito Memorial Dab

. WKD - Memorial Days of Famous People .
kigo for early autumn

冷麦喰ふ僧は文覚の行にさも似たり
hiyamugi kuu zoo wa Mongaku no gyoo ni samo nitari

the monk who eats
chilled wheat noodles resembles
priest Mongaku in his asceticism . . .


. Masaoka Shiki 正岡子規 .


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安達太良の瑠璃襖なす焚火かな
Adatara no rurifusuma nasu takibi kana

Mount Adatarayama
provides an azure-blue folding-screen background
for our bonfire . . .


. Katoo Shuuson 加藤楸邨 Kato Shuson (1905-1993) .


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寒梅や文覚行におとろへず
優力

でで虫や夜更けてはなし文覚に
宇佐美魚目

茶のはなに文覚のやうな庵主かな
Kuroyanagi Shooha 黒柳召波 Kuroyanagi Shoha (1727-1771)


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Mount Adatara (安達太良山 Adatara-yama)
is a stratovolcano on the main island of Honshu in Japan.
It is located about 15 kilometres southwest of the city of Fukushima and east of Mount Bandai. Its last known eruption was in 1996.

The mountain is actually multiple volcanoes forming a broad, forested massif. It abuts Mount Azuma, a dormant volcano to the north. The peak is called Minowa-yama. It is the highest peak in the Adatara range, which stretches about 9 km in a north-south direction.

The active summit crater is surrounded by hot springs and fumaroles. Sulfur mining was carried out in the 19th century, and 72 mine workers were killed in an eruption in 1900. Poems about Mount Adatara by Kōtarō Takamura from his book "Chieko-sho" helped make it famous.
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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Introduction .
 

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. O-Mamori お守り Amulets and talismans from Japan . 

. Japanese Temples - ABC list - .

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source : www.cosmo-kaken.co.jp

. Japan - after the BIG earthquake .
March 11, 2011, 14:46

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Godai Myo-O

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Godai Myo-O 五大明王 Five Great Myo-O
Godai-son 五大尊 Five Great Wisdom Kings


godai ... 地水火風空の五大
The Five Great Elements of the Universe
Godai Nyorai 五大如来 The Five Great Buddhas of Wisdom
Godairiki Bosatsu 五大力菩薩 Five Bosatsu of Great Power 
- Fünf Bosatsu Gewaltiger Kraft
Gohoo bosatsu 五方菩薩 Five Bosatsu of the Five Directions
Go Himitsu Bosatsu 五秘密菩薩曼荼羅 Five Secret Bosatsu

. Godai 五大  Five Gread Buddhas .  
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The Five Great Wisdom Kings
Godai Myo-O 五大明王



Copyright 1998, Nara National Museum. Nara, Japan.

This grouping is common in esoteric Buddhism. Ceremonies in front of these statues were used to pray for the destruction of a personal enemy or for political intrugues, for example during the war of the Genji and the Heike, where five priests at the temple Ninna-Ji in prayed to these five statues (godan no hoo 五壇の法) to win the war.



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Godaison (Godai Myoo)
are five great Myoo placed in five directions, which is discussed in a set of two scrolls of "Ninnou Gokoku Hannya Haramitta Kyou" translated by a Chinese Buddhist priest Amoghavajra (Fukuu) and a scroll of "Shomuge Kyou" and consists of
Fudo (center), Kozanze (Gozanze) (east), Gundari (south), Daiitoku (west) and Kongoyasha (north ).

The images of Godaison are drawn as five separate paintings have been seen from the early Heian period and some examples such as Godaison-zo held at To-ji Temple in Kyoto are known. However, just like this painting, the style of Godai Myoo represented in one painting (Fudo Myoo at the center and others in each of the four directions) was established later than that and the images in Hakubyou (ink line painting) first appeared in the period between the late Heian period and the early Kamakura period.

In terms of the style, Fudo has a similar but more ample body than the Ao Fudo held in Shorenin in Kyoto and the faces are similar. It indicates an iconography of Genchoyou (Gencho's style). The halo with flames on the back is divided into seven parts as if they were the flames of a Karura (a fire-breathing creature from Japanese Hindu-Buddhist mythology). Two images of Doji have a style mixed with those held in Horaku-ji Temple in Osaka and Ruri-ji Temple (also known as Ruridera) in Hyogo. (Seitaka Doji is the same as Ni-Doji with a style of Hakubyo Genchoyou held at Godai-ji Temple.) The iconographical features of other four Myoo are very similar to the four Myoo excluding Fudo among Godaison in Godai-ji Temple and is also the same as the iconography of Enjinyou contained in "Besson Zakki." In a word, this painting was drawn in a newly established style by combining multiple styles of iconographies.

Unlike Ao Fudo, no colorful or fine patterns are applied to Fudo Myoo. The expressions such as the heavy colors, strongly applied Kumadori (shading) and expressive ink lines are rather different from the Buddhist paintings in the Heian period and indicate unique the features of the powerfully expressed Buddhist paintings in the Kamakura period.
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Jikkanshō Emakimono
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from Koyasan 高野山




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stickers with the sanscrit letters -
bonji 梵字 ステッカー


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五大猫明王 Five Meneki Neko Myo-O

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. Ookuboji 大窪寺 Okubo-Ji, Shikoku 88 .


. 弘法寺 Kobo-Ji - Kagoshima Pilgrims 48 .

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The Great Five in Stone, Hashikura Yama
on the Pilgrimage to 36 Fudo Temples in Shikoku.



http://www.hashikura.or.jp/5myouou.htm

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Godai-son 五大尊 The Five Great Wisdom Kings

They are incarnations of the five Widsom Buddhas. Picture scrolls with these five deities, either five scrolls or one depicting them all, are called
"The Venerable Five
" (godai son 五大尊).

Middle : Fudo Myo-O 不動明王
East : Goosanze 降三世明王
South : Gundari 軍茶利明王
West : Dai-iitoku 大威徳明王
North : Kongoo Yasha 金剛夜叉明王

In the Tendai sect, Uzusama Myo-O 鳥枢渋摩明王 is mostly depictede in the North. This version comes from China of the T'ang period, not from India. Other scriptures state that the five great wisdom kings where established in Japan.
- source - 五大明王

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The Ritual Bell with the five great wisdom kings (godai myo-o rei 五大明王鈴) is only to be found in Japan.



常福寺本尊五大明王 Temple Joofuku-Ji
reference - jofukuji/




- source : www.narahaku.go.jp

白銅五大明王宝塔鈴  Nara National Museum

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You can even buy wirst bands with the Sanskrit letters of the five great Myo-O.
Here is the sample of Dai Iitoku 大威徳明王




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Godaidoo 五大堂 Godai-Do "Hall for the Great Five"
. . . . . Daikaku-In Kyoto 大覚寺五大堂

Godaidoo Myoo-Oo In 五大堂 明王院 Kamakura

. Godai-Do Matsushima 五大堂 松島 .
Seiryuzan Zuigan-ji 青龍山 瑞巌寺


. Fudo Temples - Introduction .


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. Pilgrimages to Fudo Temples 不動明王巡礼
Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims .



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6/18/2014

Martial Arts

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Martial Arts 武道 Budo and Fudo Myo-O 不動明王
kenkaku, kenkyaku 剣客 swordsman
bushidoo 武士道 Bushido


fudooshin 不動心 the immovable heart, calm spirit
- - - mushin 無心 "without mind"

fudoochi 不動智 immovable spirit or wisdom

. Fudo Shin, The Immovable Spirit 不動心 .


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Lessons on Practice from the Martial Arts
One of the principle attributes of a martial artist is Fudo Shin. This means to have the immovable spirit of Fudo Myo-o, who is one of the protector gods within the popular Japanese Shingon school of Buddhism. At the gates of hell he waits to assist those who have strayed from the path. He assists them with the rope of truth and his sword cuts through delusion to help those in need of enlightenment.



The Bushidō code is typified by seven virtues:

Rectitude (義, gi)
Courage (勇, yuu)
Benevolence (仁, jin)
Respect (礼, rei)
Honesty (誠, makoto or 信 shin)
Honour (誉, yo)
Loyalty (忠, chuu)
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Martial Arts: Defining Martial Concepts
Fudo: - The Concept of Immovability

By Christopher Caile

Fudo is a Japanese term often used in Buddhism, especially in Zen and Esoteric Buddhism (Mikkyo) to represent a mental state -- one of immovability, not physically or literally, but in mind, one that is not captured, or moved, or dwells, or loiters on a thought or in a focus - a total unobstructed awareness and focus on everything, thus not moving with, or fixed upon something (limited by a focused attention).

In the martial arts the character "shin," meaning spirit, heart or will, is often added to the root "fudo" to become "fudoshin," a term meaning calm spirit, even when faced with danger, without fear or confusion, that does not dwell or become fixed on anything. This was the highest attainment of spiritual skill only attainable when the mind is totally focused on the totality of sensory input and free of thoughts and emotions - detached but aware and present. A related term "mushin" also is often used to mean "without mind" (not occupied by thought or emotion). (1)

Using the "fudo" root, other related terms include "fudo-chi," meaning immovable spirit or wisdom that can't be influenced, or confused, "fudotai" or immovable body, and "fudoshisei" or immovable stance and "fudo-dachi" or "immovable stance" also sometimes referred to as a "preparation stance" (as in the initial and final stance in kata, one that allows the participant freedom of movement and action in any direction).

The concept of "Fudo" is also important to martial artists. The famous Zen priest Takuan in his famous three part treatise titled "Fudochi Shinmyoroku" ("The Mysterious Records of Immovable Wisdom") identifies Fudo-Myo-o attributes as they apply to Japanese (Samurai) swordsmanship. He notes the Fudo Myo-o's grasp of the sword in his right hand, his body standing firmly with mind immovable (detached and not distracted), looking at something but not stopping the mind during a flow of action or combat. He warned the Samurai against stopping the mind on a particular object, emotion or thought, noting that such stopping clutters (stops) the mind, something that curtailed the performance of technique.

The most famous Japanese swordsman known today is Miyamoto Masashi. He too was influenced by Fudo Myo-o. "Fudo" and its derivative concepts (noted above) represent a central concept in Masashi's strategy of combat (that reflect Takuan's tenets), (3) ideas he later encapsulated in his famous text on strategy, "The Book of Five Rings."

Even today many martial artists use Zazen (seated Zen meditation), chants (some derived from Esoteric Buddhism), and other to clear, fortify and purify the mind. Standing and/or meditating under a cold waterfall is another similar practice. Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, is famous for this practice (which he termed Misogi) of ritual purification. (4)

It should be noted, however, that in modern times most martial artists who use these practices do so to enhance their mental and spiritual discipline, and to clarity their awareness and mind, ends that are separate from any religion or religious doctrine.

Modern martial artists also express similar concepts of the immovable mind. Mas Oyama (founder of Kyokushinkai karate and one of my first karate teachers), for example, used to tell me that the ideal karate mind is that of a person who could walk through a burning building without fear -- a very Fudo Myo-o image.

Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura (founder of Seido Karate and my current karate teacher) has said that a true karate-ka must be present in the now, the present moment, totally absorbed in action, mind void of distraction (thought or emotion) and spirit supreme.

Author's Note:
Two other articles on FightingArts.com give practical advice related to the concept of "no mind." See: "Fighting Zen - How Meditation Can Enhance Your Fighting Skills" and is "Controlling The Flinch, The Blink and The Turn Away."

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1-Mushin or "no mind" is also a very popular concept in Zen where meditation is used to free the mind of thought or emotions while simultaneously developing awareness, and focus, not on just one spot or image, but on everything perceived.

2-Few Samurai before the Edo period actually practiced Zen, although later it became popular.

3-Masashi is also noted for his brushwork and drawings, one being a remarkable 18 inch high wood carving he made of Fudo Myo-o. Masashi is also known for his practice of ritually purifying himself under ice cold waterfalls. There is no evidence, however, that Masashi actually practiced esoteric Mikkyo Buddhism in addition to his study of Zen, although he was influenced by Fudo Myo-o.

4-When I visited Ueshiba's summer retreat and dojo in Iwama, Japan in 1994 (later the home dojo of Seito Sensei), students talked about the waterfall in the nearby hills that Ueshiba has often used for this practice. _
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Fudo like a swordsman holding the sword in both hands
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. Miyamoto Musashi 宮本武蔵 (1584 - 1645) .  
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Said to be carved according to a design by Musashi, like a swordsman (kenkaku 剣客) holding the sword in both hands.
About 70 cm high, made from kusu 楠 camphor wood.
宮本武蔵が発案し彫像したと伝わる、剣客のように両手で剣を構えた勇壮な姿の不動明王像です。
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Half-seated Fudo said to be carved by Musashi himself.


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. Takuan Sōhō 沢庵 宗彭 (1573–1645) .





Fudochi shinmyooroku 不動智神妙録 Fudochi shinmyoroku
- source : www.bushidoart.jp


The Miracle of Immovable Wisdom



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The Unfettered Mind:
Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master

William Scott Wilson

A religious teacher, painter, poet, calligrapher, gardener, and tea master, Takuan was familiar with all sorts of people and was able to reach all of them. Among the people he touched was the official swordsmanship instructor of the first three Tokugawa shoguns, Yagyu Tajima-no-kami Munenori, the youngest son of Yagyu Sekishusai Munetoshi, founder of Yagyu Shinkage-ryu hyoho (strategy and swordsmanship).

The Unfettered Mind is an excellent translation of several of Takuan's most significant works on Japanese martial arts. Even today, they are read by Japanese for their profound insights of the human condition and on the proper way to live one's life.

The first of these, Fudochi shinmyoroku (here, The Mysterious Record of Immovable Wisdom) is a letter from Takuan to Munenori. It deals with the myriad practical, technical, psychological, and philosophical aspects of combat. It goes beyond them, however, to discuss how the swordsman can, by concentrating on his art, become an integrated human being.

The second essay in this collection, Reiroshu (The Clear Sound of Jewels), discusses the basic nature of humanity and how to discern what is correct and what is merely a product of personal desire, and extends the argument to knowing how to understand the balance of life and death and, very important for a warrior serving a feudal lord, when and how to die.

The final piece, Taiaki (Annals of the Sword of Tai-a), is an examination of the psychological aspects of combat, particularly in dealing with oneself and the opponent, and of overcoming the tendency of the mind to delude itself. In combat, this would lead to the exponent's death; in life, it precludes the individual from attaining a clear understanding of the nature of reality and attaining ultimate freedom from causality.
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Morihei Ueshiba 植芝盛平 Ueshiba Morihei
(December 14, 1883 – April 26, 1969)
was a martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido.



He is often referred to as "the founder" Kaiso (開祖) or Ōsensei (大先生/翁先生), "Great Teacher".
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Samurai encountering Fudo Myo-o at a graveyard


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. Utagawa Kuniyoshi Utagawa 歌川国芳 .


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Shinden Fudo Ryû - Daken Taijutsu no Kata.
(The Immovable Heart School)

The densho of the Bujinkan Ryû
This “modern” densho should primarily be regarded as basic manual for daily training. It is not a translation of the original densho but an adaptation of the techniques of the individual schools taught in the Bujinkan. In the Japanese language, densho means transmission. Historical densho, which often have been composed in a cryptical way, are not suitable for daily training.



This book series is meant to be a modern transfer of an old tradition. The feature of this book is that the individual motion sequences are shown by means of illustrations in order to focus on the performance of the individual techniques and kata. Concise explanations are completing this work. The appearance and content are eminently suited as practical guide.

Author: Carsten Kühn
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Fudo Myo-O Junrei - Fudo Pilgrims .



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