正月 Bujutsu New Years 2019

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正月 Bujutsu New Years 2019

To all of you that have supported and also those that have caused trouble to myself and the school; I wish you to be well, happy and peaceful. 2018 was a challenging but good year.

明鏡止水

My pursuit through my own bujutsu keiko is to examine myself and the world. A polished mirror and still water lake reflect accurately. I desire to see clearly without dust in my eyes. I wish to purify my actions of the mind, speech, and body. I humbly propose all of us in and outside of bujutsu training try harder to cultivate what is really important. I have in the past acted stupidly and offended people. I did apologize, of course. However, my actions were not always kind, regardless of my intentions. This was careless on my part. Please forgive me for any wrongdoings.

I have worked to make this better, just as I practice my sword techniques, I make time for the study of the self as well. I want to share this message with everyone this New Year.

What can we see within us and others when the waters are calm? How are we incorporating our mind, spirit, flesh, and swords?

Thank you for your support and understanding. I am wishing everyone a great 2019.

Happy New Year to you all!

By |2019-01-03T11:27:09+00:00January 1st, 2019|Buddhism, Bujutsu, School|5 Comments

About the Author:

Steven lives in Japan where he heads the sword school of Shinkan-ryū Kenpō.

5 Comments

  1. Andrew January 5, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Thank you for these reflections, Steven-sensei. I too wish to be purer–in mind, body, and speech. And I think this mindset is an excellent way to close 2018 and begin 2019.

    Here’s to a new year of reflection, growth, and constant striving.

  2. Michael Lisson January 5, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Thanks for your thoughts and here’s to a great year Steven-sensei

  3. マット January 5, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Hi Steven-sensei, thank you for your message. I wish you all the best for 2019 and I am looking forward to this year also.

  4. Sighytah January 6, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Thank you for your message Steven~Sensei. I would like to wish you and Mayuko-senpai a heartfelt blessed and prosperous new year as well.
    None of us are anywhere near perfect but the journey to be better is what matters. I appreciate your reflection and am doing the same.

  5. Nick January 8, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Thanks for the training lessons, inspiration, and company, both Steven-sensei, and Mayuko-senpai. Wishing you both a Happy New year!!!

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