守破離 Shu Ha Ri

和 Peace. The Warriors Heart holds Peace Righteous. Photo by Yabunaka

和 "Peace". The Warrior`s Heart holds Peace Righteous. Photo by Yabunaka

Shu Ha Ri.  Protect, Break, and Separate.

These can represent three stages.  The first is to protect that which is transmitted to you from your teacher.  Protect the forms and techniques.  Perfect the forms and techniques of the way and make them yours.

The second is to crush or break thru.  Crush and break thru the forms and techniques.  Blend them with your spirit.

Ri is to separate.  To let go.  To not be taken with ideas of  form and technique or even the self.  Move freely in the space. Thus is true Sutemi or throwing yourself away.  As the inner secret songs reveals, “only be throwing oneself away, will a new flow (tide) appear”.

Separate from yourself and throw yourself away.  People who are stuck on themselves become smaller and smaller.  Like the moth that flies to the flame, it never knows the vastness of the sky. Throw yourself away and become translucent and pure.  Only that which is translucent and pure connects to the eternal, the martial wind.

Paul

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~ by goshinarts on April 5, 2010.

One Response to “守破離 Shu Ha Ri”

  1. Thank you very much for your thoughts and insights into this year’s theme Paul, it is always appreciated!

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