Ken Zen Ichi Nyo Sword & Zen Are One

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Ken Zen Ichi Nyo Sword & Zen Are One

剣禅一如 The sword and zen are one. The mind of zen is an important consideration for the swordsman. The sword is the mind and the mind is the sword. We should contemplate how we are using both in the battles of our lives.

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By |2018-07-08T21:58:33+00:00July 8th, 2018|Buddhism, Bujutsu|3 Comments

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


  1. Julien Catherine July 8, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    thank you sensei for these inspirational thoughts

  2. Matt July 9, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you Steven sensei, well said. It reminds me also of the saying I think attributed to Jirokichi Yamada.

    “Sword and mind must be united. Technique by itself is insufficient, and spirit alone is not enough.”

    • Steven July 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      Yup. Things like this are said in many different ways. Its interesting how lost people get with practice.

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