As a 100% life-affirming martial art, Aikido is unique in the world of Budo. Aikido's founder, O Sensei, was a powerful martial artist, but it was from his profound spiritual awakening that Aikido was born.
Aikido is an art that is both fully martial, and also fully spiritual. As a martial art, Aikido fully meets conflict, but rather than engaging conflict to perpetuate separation, Aikido is an art that restores wholeness. In O Sensei's Aikido "Budo Is Love."
"The Divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us."
~ Morihei Ueshiba, O Sensei
The "Aikido & Meditation Dialogues" is a series of "Dharma Discussions" and "Practice Sessions" by top Aikido and meditation teachers that will guide you to the spiritual core of the art of Aikido, and of life! Join these 9 inspiring Aikido and meditation teachers as they open the doors for you to a spiritual dimension that is your very own birthright.
DHARMA TALKS & PRACTICE SESSIONS WITH INSPIRING TEACHERS FROM TODAY'S AIKIDO WORLD
The Integral Dojo excited to be offering "Aikido & Meditation Dialogues" to our global Aikido community.
In this series of teaching and practice sessions you will be guided into Aikido's spiritual depth by some of the leading Aikido and meditation teachers in the world.
Through their expert guidance you will awaken your own spiritual potential in your practice, and your life.
This is the place for you to learn the powerful, effective, and life-changing practices that have already impacted the lives of many people around the world.
Self discovery always begins with the unknown, curiosity and the simple question of "Who am I?" This simple inquiry has fueled spiritual seekers for millennia. In this session Aikido Sensei and meditation teacher Miles Kessler you will teach you how to discover this fundamental state through 3 simple shifts in your awareness.
“If you have not linked yourself to true emptiness, you will never understand Aikido” ~O’Sensei, The Art of Peace
Aikido is an art that requires total commitment, discipline, & effort in order to discover mastery. But it is a fact that all your efforts will also lead you away from the very mastery you seek.
In this dialogue between Patrick Cassidy and Miles Kessler explore the relationship between effort in Aikido and meditation, and the spiritual realization of "effortless power." They will lead you into discovering the true, and counter-intuitive source of power, none other than "Effortless Being.".
Wendy Palmer Sensei is an inspiring Aikido Sensei, a world class Leadership coach, and Author. She is also a long time teacher and practitioner of mindfulness and meditation. In this session Wendy will guide you into the deeper practice of meditation, specifically offering her unique approach of working with the mind. She shares her liberating practice of "dedicating your thoughts to emptiness."
In this session Aikido Sensei, Chi Gong master, and Zen Roshi, Teja "Fudomyo" Bell explores the connections between Aikido and meditation and how this all relates to Zen. Fudomyo Roshi takes several questions during this session sharing his wisdom on meditation is a practice for life.
In this sessions Aikido Sensei and Zen Roshi Eran "Junryu" Vardi teaches how to work with "koans", the spiritual riddles from the Rinzai tradition of Zen. Junryu Roshi will teach you the traditional practice of working with a koan as a way to see into the nature of reality. Here he works with the koan "Rian's Constant Principle", exploring the koan and opening the session up for discussion and questions.
Rev. Koichi Barrish is a rare teacher who is both an Aikido Sensei, and also a Shinto Priest. In fact Barrish Sensei is the very first non-Japanese Shinto Priest in the religions 2,000 year old tradition. In this session he will teach you "Shinto Meditation" and the tradition of ritual compared to the tradition of practice.
In this practice session Dominique explores the nature of "ego" using meditation to progressively create space for ego development. Dominique uses powerful pointing out instructions to relax into the space beyond the ego to discover the harmony that is already, always present as our true nature. Dominique uses guided meditations and Q&A to help facilitate awakening to the Non-Dual nature of reality.
Aikido Sensei, Zen Priest, and scholar John Stevens will lead you in a session on the history of spirituality in Japan and the cultural milieu of Aikido's founder O Sensei. He makes a clear distinction between Zen meditation and O Sensei's meditation, going into depth on the practice and application of "Kotodama" and "Chinkon" meditation.
In this session Aikido and Mindfulness teacher Rob Vincken will share with you how the practice of Mindfulness only benefits your Aikido practice, as well as all aspects of your life. By opening up to the present moment with Mindfulness, accepting all experience non-judgmentally, Rob shows you that the practice is not about getting rid of emotions and difficult experiences but rather to radically accept them.
In this session Miles Kessler and Teja "Fudomyo" Bell Roshi have a "Dharma Discussion" on the meaning of a "contemplative practice." With a firm recognition of the value of Aikido forms, they explore how the only way to discover the spiritual dimensions of Aikido is by having a contemplative element to your practice.
In this "Dharma Discussion" Miles Kessler and Eran "Junryu" Vardi Roshi explore how a well structured practice "stirs the pot" and brings up all the mental impurities... offering you the perfect opportunity to work with them. They look deeper into the meaning of "Upaya," which is the sanskrit word for "skillful means" and how this is the precise intention of both Aikido and meditation.
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These pre-recorded course sessions are the heart of your "Aikido & Meditation Dialogues" course experience. In each session our line up of inspiring teachers will guide you through the course with a combination of Dharma Talks, guided meditations, Dharma Discussions, breakout sessions, and a clarifying Q&A session with the course participants at the end of each session.
When you purchase your "Aikido & Meditation Dialogues" course you will gain access to The Integral Dojo's member's site. All of the Integral Dojo courses are hosted on the "Kajabi" course creation platform. Kajabi is the industry leading E-learning platform where your course is available through lifetime easy access. There is no better user choice for your online learning experience.
All of your "Meditation & Aikido Dialogues" course sessions are available for watching on your member's site. You will have life-time access to the member's site where you can watch, re-watch, download and study the complete course at your convenience.
All of the course sessions have been recorded and are available to you as an audio download. You are welcome to listen to these recordings on line, or to download to your mobile device for listening to at your convenience. These audio archives will be a valuable Dharma resource for you to keep and re-listen to for years to come.
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DHARMA TALKS & PRACTICE SESSIONS WITH INSPIRING TEACHERS FROM TODAY'S AIKIDO WORLD
This course offers 100% online learning so you can explore the program anytime, anyplace, and from anywhere. Each course session is delivered as a pre-recorded video, with the option to watch via streaming on our member's site. You'll also have the option to download the video or audio for learning on your mobile device at your convenience. Just choose the learning option that works best for you. In total there are 11+ hours of learning content.
Yes! All types of people have gone through this training, both those studying Aikido and those who are not.
As an art based on universal principles, "Meditation & Aikido Dialogues" is full of practical teachings that you can take into any aspect of life and see immediate benefit.
Alumni include teachers, facilitators, coaches, therapists, mediators, parents, business men and women, students, and cultural creatives. This training is for anyone who wants to bring forth more light into the world.
When you purchase the "Meditation & Aikido Dialogues" you'll have a full month - that's 30 days - to go through the sessions and apply the teachings to your meditation, your Aikido, and your life. If you complete all the session and you're still not satisfied with tangible results of this course, then just let me know and I'll give you a full refund.
That's how confident I am in the value of the transformational experience you'll get from the "Spiritual Dimensions Of Aikido." I can't think of a more fair and reasonable offer than that.