Three Kinds of Disciples

A story from Zen Flesh, Zen Bones (compiled by Paul Reps):  When Zen master, Gasan was studying under Tekisui, his teacher was very severe.  Sometimes he even beat Gasan. Other pupils would not stand this type of teaching and quit. Gasan remained, saying: A poor disciple utilises a teacher’s influence. A fair disciple admires a …

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Ouch, Sensei that hurts!

Many people when starting Aikido, find the techniques extremely painful. Techniques like Nikkyo, Sankyo and Yonkyo apply pressure directly into the nervous system. They cause submission through pain compliance. But what if it is the teacher who is applying these painful techniques to the student? The sensei’s role is to ensure that every student is …

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