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On Rumi

Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī) is a 13th century Persian poet. He lived most of his life under the Sultanate of Rum, where he produced his works. While his works are written in the new Persian language, many different translations, and interpretations, can be found. Rumi has quickly become one of my favorite poets.

I ran across this selection this morning and it brought my thoughts to Kyudo:

If you never searched for truth
come with us
and you will become a seeker.

If you were never a musician
come with us
and you will find your voice.

You may posses immense wealth
come with us
and you will become love’s beggar.

You may think yourself a master
come with us
and love will turn you into a slave.

If you’ve lost your spirit,
come with us
take off your silk coverings,
put on our rough cloak
and we will bring you back to life
. ~Rumi


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“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” -Joseph Campbell

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* Nanakorobi yaoki
* Stumbling seven times but recovering eight.


* Saru mo ki kara ochiru.
* Even monkeys fall from trees.


* Deru kui wa utareru.
* The stake that sticks out gets hammered down.

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Confucius Quote

If three of us travel together,
I shall find two teachers.

I read this and thought of my fellow kyudoka.
I am grateful to them as well as Sensei.

We each have a role.
I keep searching…

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It made me smile…

“People with opinions just go around bothering each other.” – Buddha

I couldn’t say it better. And that is my opinion on that!

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Ki (Spirit)

The trees, like the longings of the earth, stand a-tiptoe to peep at the heaven
“What use having a great depth of field, if there is not an adequate depth of feeling?”
– Eugene Smith, photographer

“It is true that we can do nothing without technique, but technique alone does not give the depth to our performance. We must unite both aspects into one by attaining a stage where technique and spirit are braided into one rope.”
Kyudo Kyohon Vol. 1 p.22

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