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Know The Wind

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What s With Know the Wind A Typical Saturday Session The wind is a common metaphor in many traditions and Zen is no exception It often refers to the unseen motivating force behind visible activity leaves rustling for example In humans it may refer to the will or spirit that influences thoughts and actions For us the wind reference comes from the writings of the Zen Master Dogen in his essay Genj k an Actualizing the Fundamental Point In the last verse Dogen writes Each session starts outdoors with 45 minutes of zazen You will have the opportunity to move briefly after both 25 and 40 minutes but we will strive to eventually sit the full time in both silence and stillness After a short break to get our legs working again we spend 15 minutes on solo sword skills and another 25 minutes in pairs Like the jo there are twelve basic paired sword skills that need to be learned and practiced We spend the last hour combining these same sword kills together with the practice of jo This training will be done both individually and in pairs Because the nature of wind is permanently abiding the wind of the house of the buddhas makes manifest the earth as pure gold and turns the long river into sweet cream Do not do not interpret this as just some flowery text There is real meat here that as Zen students we will want to fully understand And to fully understand is to know Ultimately we strive to know what the heck Dogen is talking about And so after learning the twelve basic movements and turning our sights to the twelve advanced forms we will be turning our attention to the study of two very important Zen texts Genj k an and the Diamond Sutra Both deal with this notion of Zen stillness And finally to the main reason that the art of Jodo is so appropriate as an addition to your current sitting practice Each of the twelve advanced Jodo forms completely embodies the activity of stillness For those of you who have an interest in both Zen and the martial arts this practice is for you Your Instructor Jim Redel has been a member of AZC almost from its inception in 1989 And over this time he has attended over a dozen 7day sesshin silent retreats attended nearly 100 teisho formal talks on the topic of stillness and he has experienced another 350 or so sanzen personal interviews with the late Joshu Sasaki Roshi In addition Jim has studied and taught both Aikido and Jodo for nearly 30 years Questions We ve obviously tried to cover a lot of ground here But as there will undoubtedly be questions that you may have Email is probably best AZC officeazc gmail com or Jim knowthewind1 gmail com Albuquerque Zen Center 2300 Garfield St SE Albuquerque NM 87106 Phone 268 4877 Website azc org Know the Wind Zazen Sword and Staff 2nd Season Starts March 7th An Added Dimension to Your Zen Practice

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In a nutshell Deepen your quest of stillness by incorporating the traditional Japanese martial art called Jodo Seitei into your regular sitting practice Jodo the way of the short staff or the way of the stick dates back to the 1600 s and features the short staff or walking stick in a defense of the traditional Japanese sword In no time you will become proficient in the handling of both the short staff and the wooden sword alternating between the roles of the attacking sword teacher and the defending stick student ultimately realizing that the study of the teachings of stillness combined with the practice of Jodo is the manifestation of equanimity clarity certainty and presence Tea Chanting Kinhin Sitting and Now Jodo It may seem like much but the intent here is not to pile on more practice but rather to simply offer an additional more physical dimension to your current sitting practice We recognize that there will be those of you who are happy with your practice as is And there will be those of you who feel that zazen with the discussion group is quite enough And now Jodo training presents a more dynamic possibility for those of you who may want to test your current understanding of Zen within the context of an environment that demands the practical need for a relaxed spontaneity Movements and Forms Sword and Staff Like most martial arts the study of Jodo is broken down into two distinct parts kihon waza basic movements and kata forms and your Jodo training will incorporate twelve of each But what makes Jodo especially fun and challenging is the fact that you will be mastering two completely different styles of weapons at the same time More generally you will start out by learning and perfecting the basics Four consecutive Saturday sessions will be dedicated to each of these movements And as each basic movement is learned and practiced independently of the others you will have the opportunity to jump into the Jodo class about every four weeks throughout the spring and summer Finally after you have mastered a handful of the basic movements you will then begin your study of the twelve forms And it is here that the teachings of stillness will really start to hit home You can get there we will get there When Where and For How Long All Jodo practice occurs at AZC Last winter we prepared the southwest corner of the property as a training area Weekly sessions are held Saturdays from 11 15 1 45 Classes will run from March through November weather permitting There will be six sessions of basics and we will spend the remaining three months studying forms Who Is Eligible Jodo study is designed as advanced Zen practice To that end preference is given to those who are Active AZC members Have participated in at least 35 hours of activities at the center to include zazen work practice and discussion groups If there is still room available and there usually is consideration will be given to newer AZC members and finally to non members Cost Fully active AZC members who regularly contribute their time to the center FREE Other active AZC members 35 4 week session Non members 75 4 week session Equipment Naturally a solid Zen practice that includes Jodo training will require some training gear Bokken wooden sword Jo short staff Suburito weighted training sword optional Blue hakama and keikogi training uniform For your first few sessions we will provide all of this gear And as you continue your training you will naturally start to purchase your own equipment Getting Started Signup Sheet Beginning with the first of the year there will be a signup sheet in the meeting room You will need to get your name on it And beginning in February we will start notifying you of the details Class size is strictly capped at 8 students so you do not want to wait until the last minute

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In a nutshell Deepen your quest of stillness by incorporating the traditional Japanese martial art called Jodo Seitei into your regular sitting practice Jodo the way of the short staff or the way of the stick dates back to the 1600 s and features the short staff or walking stick in a defense of the traditional Japanese sword In no time you will become proficient in the handling of both the short staff and the wooden sword alternating between the roles of the attacking sword teacher and the defending stick student ultimately realizing that the study of the teachings of stillness combined with the practice of Jodo is the manifestation of equanimity clarity certainty and presence Tea Chanting Kinhin Sitting and Now Jodo It may seem like much but the intent here is not to pile on more practice but rather to simply offer an additional more physical dimension to your current sitting practice We recognize that there will be those of you who are happy with your practice as is And there will be those of you who feel that zazen with the discussion group is quite enough And now Jodo training presents a more dynamic possibility for those of you who may want to test your current understanding of Zen within the context of an environment that demands the practical need for a relaxed spontaneity Movements and Forms Sword and Staff Like most martial arts the study of Jodo is broken down into two distinct parts kihon waza basic movements and kata forms and your Jodo training will incorporate twelve of each But what makes Jodo especially fun and challenging is the fact that you will be mastering two completely different styles of weapons at the same time More generally you will start out by learning and perfecting the basics Four consecutive Saturday sessions will be dedicated to each of these movements And as each basic movement is learned and practiced independently of the others you will have the opportunity to jump into the Jodo class about every four weeks throughout the spring and summer Finally after you have mastered a handful of the basic movements you will then begin your study of the twelve forms And it is here that the teachings of stillness will really start to hit home You can get there we will get there When Where and For How Long All Jodo practice occurs at AZC Last winter we prepared the southwest corner of the property as a training area Weekly sessions are held Saturdays from 11 15 1 45 Classes will run from March through November weather permitting There will be six sessions of basics and we will spend the remaining three months studying forms Who Is Eligible Jodo study is designed as advanced Zen practice To that end preference is given to those who are Active AZC members Have participated in at least 35 hours of activities at the center to include zazen work practice and discussion groups If there is still room available and there usually is consideration will be given to newer AZC members and finally to non members Cost Fully active AZC members who regularly contribute their time to the center FREE Other active AZC members 35 4 week session Non members 75 4 week session Equipment Naturally a solid Zen practice that includes Jodo training will require some training gear Bokken wooden sword Jo short staff Suburito weighted training sword optional Blue hakama and keikogi training uniform For your first few sessions we will provide all of this gear And as you continue your training you will naturally start to purchase your own equipment Getting Started Signup Sheet Beginning with the first of the year there will be a signup sheet in the meeting room You will need to get your name on it And beginning in February we will start notifying you of the details Class size is strictly capped at 8 students so you do not want to wait until the last minute

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In a nutshell Deepen your quest of stillness by incorporating the traditional Japanese martial art called Jodo Seitei into your regular sitting practice Jodo the way of the short staff or the way of the stick dates back to the 1600 s and features the short staff or walking stick in a defense of the traditional Japanese sword In no time you will become proficient in the handling of both the short staff and the wooden sword alternating between the roles of the attacking sword teacher and the defending stick student ultimately realizing that the study of the teachings of stillness combined with the practice of Jodo is the manifestation of equanimity clarity certainty and presence Tea Chanting Kinhin Sitting and Now Jodo It may seem like much but the intent here is not to pile on more practice but rather to simply offer an additional more physical dimension to your current sitting practice We recognize that there will be those of you who are happy with your practice as is And there will be those of you who feel that zazen with the discussion group is quite enough And now Jodo training presents a more dynamic possibility for those of you who may want to test your current understanding of Zen within the context of an environment that demands the practical need for a relaxed spontaneity Movements and Forms Sword and Staff Like most martial arts the study of Jodo is broken down into two distinct parts kihon waza basic movements and kata forms and your Jodo training will incorporate twelve of each But what makes Jodo especially fun and challenging is the fact that you will be mastering two completely different styles of weapons at the same time More generally you will start out by learning and perfecting the basics Four consecutive Saturday sessions will be dedicated to each of these movements And as each basic movement is learned and practiced independently of the others you will have the opportunity to jump into the Jodo class about every four weeks throughout the spring and summer Finally after you have mastered a handful of the basic movements you will then begin your study of the twelve forms And it is here that the teachings of stillness will really start to hit home You can get there we will get there When Where and For How Long All Jodo practice occurs at AZC Last winter we prepared the southwest corner of the property as a training area Weekly sessions are held Saturdays from 11 15 1 45 Classes will run from March through November weather permitting There will be six sessions of basics and we will spend the remaining three months studying forms Who Is Eligible Jodo study is designed as advanced Zen practice To that end preference is given to those who are Active AZC members Have participated in at least 35 hours of activities at the center to include zazen work practice and discussion groups If there is still room available and there usually is consideration will be given to newer AZC members and finally to non members Cost Fully active AZC members who regularly contribute their time to the center FREE Other active AZC members 35 4 week session Non members 75 4 week session Equipment Naturally a solid Zen practice that includes Jodo training will require some training gear Bokken wooden sword Jo short staff Suburito weighted training sword optional Blue hakama and keikogi training uniform For your first few sessions we will provide all of this gear And as you continue your training you will naturally start to purchase your own equipment Getting Started Signup Sheet Beginning with the first of the year there will be a signup sheet in the meeting room You will need to get your name on it And beginning in February we will start notifying you of the details Class size is strictly capped at 8 students so you do not want to wait until the last minute

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What s With Know the Wind A Typical Saturday Session The wind is a common metaphor in many traditions and Zen is no exception It often refers to the unseen motivating force behind visible activity leaves rustling for example In humans it may refer to the will or spirit that influences thoughts and actions For us the wind reference comes from the writings of the Zen Master Dogen in his essay Genj k an Actualizing the Fundamental Point In the last verse Dogen writes Each session starts outdoors with 45 minutes of zazen You will have the opportunity to move briefly after both 25 and 40 minutes but we will strive to eventually sit the full time in both silence and stillness After a short break to get our legs working again we spend 15 minutes on solo sword skills and another 25 minutes in pairs Like the jo there are twelve basic paired sword skills that need to be learned and practiced We spend the last hour combining these same sword kills together with the practice of jo This training will be done both individually and in pairs Because the nature of wind is permanently abiding the wind of the house of the buddhas makes manifest the earth as pure gold and turns the long river into sweet cream Do not do not interpret this as just some flowery text There is real meat here that as Zen students we will want to fully understand And to fully understand is to know Ultimately we strive to know what the heck Dogen is talking about And so after learning the twelve basic movements and turning our sights to the twelve advanced forms we will be turning our attention to the study of two very important Zen texts Genj k an and the Diamond Sutra Both deal with this notion of Zen stillness And finally to the main reason that the art of Jodo is so appropriate as an addition to your current sitting practice Each of the twelve advanced Jodo forms completely embodies the activity of stillness For those of you who have an interest in both Zen and the martial arts this practice is for you Your Instructor Jim Redel has been a member of AZC almost from its inception in 1989 And over this time he has attended over a dozen 7day sesshin silent retreats attended nearly 100 teisho formal talks on the topic of stillness and he has experienced another 350 or so sanzen personal interviews with the late Joshu Sasaki Roshi In addition Jim has studied and taught both Aikido and Jodo for nearly 30 years Questions We ve obviously tried to cover a lot of ground here But as there will undoubtedly be questions that you may have Email is probably best AZC officeazc gmail com or Jim knowthewind1 gmail com Albuquerque Zen Center 2300 Garfield St SE Albuquerque NM 87106 Phone 268 4877 Website azc org Know the Wind Zazen Sword and Staff 2nd Season Starts March 7th An Added Dimension to Your Zen Practice

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What s With Know the Wind A Typical Saturday Session The wind is a common metaphor in many traditions and Zen is no exception It often refers to the unseen motivating force behind visible activity leaves rustling for example In humans it may refer to the will or spirit that influences thoughts and actions For us the wind reference comes from the writings of the Zen Master Dogen in his essay Genj k an Actualizing the Fundamental Point In the last verse Dogen writes Each session starts outdoors with 45 minutes of zazen You will have the opportunity to move briefly after both 25 and 40 minutes but we will strive to eventually sit the full time in both silence and stillness After a short break to get our legs working again we spend 15 minutes on solo sword skills and another 25 minutes in pairs Like the jo there are twelve basic paired sword skills that need to be learned and practiced We spend the last hour combining these same sword kills together with the practice of jo This training will be done both individually and in pairs Because the nature of wind is permanently abiding the wind of the house of the buddhas makes manifest the earth as pure gold and turns the long river into sweet cream Do not do not interpret this as just some flowery text There is real meat here that as Zen students we will want to fully understand And to fully understand is to know Ultimately we strive to know what the heck Dogen is talking about And so after learning the twelve basic movements and turning our sights to the twelve advanced forms we will be turning our attention to the study of two very important Zen texts Genj k an and the Diamond Sutra Both deal with this notion of Zen stillness And finally to the main reason that the art of Jodo is so appropriate as an addition to your current sitting practice Each of the twelve advanced Jodo forms completely embodies the activity of stillness For those of you who have an interest in both Zen and the martial arts this practice is for you Your Instructor Jim Redel has been a member of AZC almost from its inception in 1989 And over this time he has attended over a dozen 7day sesshin silent retreats attended nearly 100 teisho formal talks on the topic of stillness and he has experienced another 350 or so sanzen personal interviews with the late Joshu Sasaki Roshi In addition Jim has studied and taught both Aikido and Jodo for nearly 30 years Questions We ve obviously tried to cover a lot of ground here But as there will undoubtedly be questions that you may have Email is probably best AZC officeazc gmail com or Jim knowthewind1 gmail com Albuquerque Zen Center 2300 Garfield St SE Albuquerque NM 87106 Phone 268 4877 Website azc org Know the Wind Zazen Sword and Staff 2nd Season Starts March 7th An Added Dimension to Your Zen Practice