Monthly Archive: July 2014

Learning to fall

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The urge to protect our children can sometimes make us do stupid things. When I was running a martial arts school, at least once a week I had a parent complain to me how their child got injured during a sparring session. I would do my best to patiently listen, but a large part of …

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The Eight Fold Path, Step SIx, Right Effort

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Step six of the Eight Fold Path is Right Effort: When laid out on the Dharma Wheel, Right Effort is directly opposite from Right Thought (motive, intent, and attitude). In that contrast, Right Thought where we’re coming from, Right Effort is where we’re going. It’s our direction, our pole star and our motivation to keep …

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Climbing Mt Fuji

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During the time I was living in Japan, I had the opportunity to climb Mt. Fuji. The mountain has a lot of historical significance in the Zen and martial arts worlds, as well as paranormal groups (Google Japan’s suicide forest), and I was excited to climb it from the moment I set foot in Japan. …

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Discovering the Mother Lode

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As a chronically single male about every six months or so I get the urge to immerse myself in the dating pool, and try to find companionship. More often than not these endeavors go horribly awry, but there was one time I discovered the holy grail of dating locations purely by accident. A friend of …

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