A Horse with No Name

Some fellow, Rick Matz of the blog Cook Ding’s Kitchen left an obscure comment on my “Expert Opinion” cross-post over to Sword Mountain. Maybe someone around here can make sense of it? https://cookdingskitchen.blogspot.com/search?q=no+name+daoist Rick’s Comment on “Expert Opinion” Besides dropping the occasional poignant comment, Rick’s blog has countless posts with a martial arts flavor. There… Continue reading A Horse with No Name

The Tibetan Book of the Living Dead

Spotted elsewhere and worth a view: Here’s a Comic Book Guide to the Bardo, the Tibetan Buddhist Afterlife. Imagine that in your final moments and in those moments that followed, your brother monks sat beside you chanting prayers and instruction to help guide you in your transition. Imagine that your circumstances were so fortunate that… Continue reading The Tibetan Book of the Living Dead

Finding a Teacher

Janet over at Zanshin Art wrote a post that highlighted the distinction between an Aikido teacher an Aikido instructor. This strikes a cord with me, though it is difficult to discern whether it is harmony or dissonance. The best I could do at the time was to table my own question.Ah well… So, how about a… Continue reading Finding a Teacher

Great Faith, Doubt, and Effort in Training

Linda Eskin presents some good insight in her blog post, Grab My Wrist – Your Teacher is Always Right.  It is indeed very constructive and natural advice to the teacher that if your students don’t understand something, presume that it is your fault; similarly, it is very constructive and natural advice to the student to… Continue reading Great Faith, Doubt, and Effort in Training