A Nascent Virtual
Academy for getting on the Dao
Arts (Wu Shu), including karate, xing yi, Shao Lin, and various other
branches of the MA
family, the psychology and philosophy behind the martial arts, the
as a Dao or Way to
spiritual development, and notes on sources of dysfunction (rubbing the
Click the thumbnail image to see a larger image of the Buddhist monk
Takuan applied the
teachings of Zen Buddhism to the real-life needs and
of samurai warriors, and left us a rich legacy concerning psychological
cultivation by means of the martial arts. According to the popular
advised the legendary swordsman Minamoto Musashi, author of Go
Rin no Sho
(The Book of Five Rings).
Being on the Dao
means understanding the world well enough to avoid common counter-productive
activities. Dao means both the
Way things work, and a way
for getting close to
the great Dao. Look for more discussion of the Way and ways
the Dao De Jing (pronounced
"dow" as in Dow-Jones, "duh", and "jing" as in "jingoism") of Lao Zi
(pronounced as in "alLOW" and "aDDS").
of the Zhuang Zi of Zhuang Zhou (pronounced as "jwong" and "joe").
dao for achieving spiritual development:
Several activities designed
to free the mind from prejudices and other
hindrances are grouped under
the general heading
Another kind of activity
can be a dao toward spiritual development,
although most people
first become involved with it because of the desire to be able to
themselves against assault.
That dao is
See: The story of
Sun Wu-kong, the Monkey King.
See: The Biography
An activity long ago
observed to give benefit by producing biofeedback is
Kinkaju Once Asked.
Many people will tell you that Kinkaju isn't even human. What does a
honey bear know anyway? The point is for you to educate yourself. Read
test conclusions carefully. Remember that "information" may really be
that having a collection of information is not the same as having
that knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is the source of power, not the
other people around, but the power to make the world a good environment
everyone. Your task is to examine every conclusion to see how well it
is grounded. That's
you are here to learn how to do, actually.