“Do” – The Way

“It is not a pshysical transportation, this Way, thought rare is the bugeisha who find he can travel without leaving home. The Way is a journey of the mind and the spirit and , ultimately, the soul. The enginnering of the Way is a contribution of the Taoists, those ancestral savants of China whose pshilosophy of the Tao – Do in Japanese – urged a life attuned to the currents of nature. Under the calligrapher´s brush, Do is written as a compound character. The strokes for ´principal´ or ´main´ are joined with those of the radical for ´movement´. Hence, Do is an ´important road´, a Way to follow in harmony and synchronization with the vicissitudes the universe provides, a path along which to discover for oneself the essentials of a worthwhile life.”

“In this sense, the traces of the Way are very old. It took form the first time an individual engaged in some activity with a consciousness beyond the utilitarian, past the restrictions of the ego. True, the Do may produce art. It may be of practical value. But the attainment of the Way is in the process. It is doing a thing because the doing releases us from certain constraints of the limited self: narcissism, self-centeredness, preoccupation with the fears and worries and doubts, that diminish us in daily life. The Way draws us into the domain of the potencial self: self-realization, self-cultivation, and self-perfection.”

(Dave Lowry, in “Sword and Brush: The Spirit of the Martial Arts”)

 

 

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I investigate about the fundamentals and principles of Karate-Do Shotokai - the practice of Mitsusuki Harada Sensei.
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