Tag: Buddhism

The Martial Arts as a Spiritual Pursuit (Part One)

Guest Post by Walther G. von Krenner and Ken Jeremiah The following is the first segment of a two-part series by Walther G. von Krenner and Ken Jeremiah who, along with Damon Apodaca, co-authored the book Aikido Ground Fighting: Grappling and Submission Techniques.   The Martial Arts as a Spiritual Pursuit (Part One) People turn to the …continue

Nirvana through Art & Writing, Part 3: The Sacred Siddham Script

While performing the shakyo exercise, if the concentration is on the accurate copying of a sacred text, and the entire body is functioning as one, the strokes just flow through you. It is almost as though you were not the creator, only the conduit through which they form. This continues one step further in Siddham, …continue

Nirvana through Art & Writing, Part 2: Shakyo Calligraphy Exercise

When Buddhism first began in India, its adherents passed along its teachings orally. Eventually, scribes recorded them in Pali and Sanskrit, and when travelers brought the faith to China by means of the Silk Road, the Chinese translated texts and copied sutras. John Stevens wrote the following in his book Sacred Calligraphy of the East: …continue

Nirvana through Art & Writing, Part 1: Nirvana Means Extinction

The Bhagavad Gita lists three paths to enlightenment: karma yoga (the way of action), jnana yoga (the way of knowledge), and bhakti yoga (the way of devotion). These have been adopted by other faiths, including Buddhism, and the first path, karma yoga, influenced Zen. According to its precepts, humans can attain enlightenment through seated Zen …continue

Radical Dharma: Remembering in Seven Movements

For those graduating and entering new periods of their life this month, the journey is just beginning. In this excerpt from Radical Dharma, co-author Lama Rod Owens describes his own personal and spiritual journeys, and coming home to himself. Remembering in Seven Movements I am wondering what it has meant for me to leave home. I …continue

Finding the Comfort in Discomfort

There were several times while working on Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation that I had to get up from my chair and walk away from the book. The content was intense and provocative: a fierce call to question and change the systems of oppression permeating our society at large and our spiritual communities …continue