Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba devoted hours each day to disciplines of calming and clearing the mind. Although he never insisted aikido students follow this path of inner development and purification, it was the essence of his budo. While aikido today is exclusively throwing an spinning, O Sensei’s path of inner development remains available for any student to follow if they choose.
This intensive seminar includes a variety of the breath, sound, and meditation disciplines that O Sensei practiced. We will integrate them into regular aikido practice, and into our lives. Choose one or two days of silence and patient fasting to enhance quality of mind and depth of focus. Light snacks such as fruit and tea will be served in formal tea ceremony style.
The training is open to beginning and advanced aikido students, as well as beginning and experienced meditators. There will be guidance and support for strengthening and deepening your meditation practice. During meditation periods, students may sit seiza or use pillow or chairs.
Training will be led by Tom Collings Sensei, aikido 6th dan. Tom Sensei has spent 40 years practicing monastic traditions, including study in Japan and China. He is the author of, “Searching for O Sensei–Learning and Living the Wisdom of the Warrior.”
The seminar fee is $125. Save $30 by registering by April 1.