Misogi - Stevens J - DVD
Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of the martial art of Aikido, defined misogi as a washing away of all defilements, a removal of obstacles, a separation from d
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Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of the martial art of Aikido, defined misogi as a washing away of all defilements, a removal of obstacles, a separation from disorder, an abstention from negative thoughts, a radiant state of unadorned purity, the accomplishment of all things, a condition of lofty virtue and a spotless environment. In misogi, one returns to the very beginning, where one is at harmony with the universe. The sword (ken) is transformed through misogi from a weapon of destruction into a tool of purification. The purpose of misogi no ken is to cut through the ties that restrict us anger, bewilderment, depression, illusion, and doubt and to remove the obstacles that block our way, sorrow, grief, regret, and distress. Similarly, in misogi, the staff (jo) becomes a vehicle of intuition and freedom. Spanning the four directions, misogi no jo links heaven and earth, revealing the realms of the manifest, hidden, and divine. On this DVD, John Stevens explains and demonstrates several misogi forms. Included are sections on misogi no ken, misogi no jo, misogi no jo kumi jo and misogi no jo awase (paired forms with staffs), misogi no fan, and sho chiku bai swordplay. Also included are sections on schinhon kishin (misogiof the mind) and kototama (misogi of speech). This DVD will be of interest to students of Aikido and, more generally, to all who are interested in the spiritual aspect of the martial arts. It includes many photos of Uesbiba O-Sensei as well as some rare footage of Shirata Sensei, who developed many of the misogi forms. John Stevens is a professor of Buddhist Studies and Aikido instructor at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, Japan. He is the author or translator of over thirty books on Buddhism, Zen, Aikido, and Asian culture.