Kyudo Meditation Intensive
with Dale Hinchey
July 19 / 7:30 PM - July 21 / 4:30 PM
Kyudo means "the way of the bow" and can be described as a form of standing meditation. Under the direction of Shibata Kanjuro, Sensei and senior instructors, students learn an ancient form of archery using traditional Japanese bows. Kyudo is a form of meditation practice, not sport, and hitting the target is not considered important. The purpose of kyudo is to purify one's heart and mind to awaken the natural dignity of being human, beyond the obstacles of ambition, aggression or confusion.
”Busily running around in little circles, this is not kyudo. Come to a stop. Enter a big circle. Mushin, empty heart. This is kyudo. This is high quality practice. Trying to master hitting the target is the way of desire. Not helpful. That’s a road for people who want to defeat their perceived enemies. Fredericton Shambhala Center is an excellent place to take aim and look at your own heart, move away from the speed of one's life. But too laid back, lazy, is not good either. We hope to see a gathering of strong, determined hearts practicing all together.” ( inspired by the words of Shibata XX , Sensei , April, 2013)
There will be an orientation talk and demonstration on Friday July 19 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday schedule is 9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day, with a lunch break from noon to 1:00 pm.
First Shot Instruction will be provided during the intensive. Students with First Shot already completed are welcome.
The program is open to adults and children 8 years and older.
To see a video of Kyudo practice, click here.
Participants may register on Friday evening July 19th or on Saturday morning the 20th. For more information please contact Dale Hinchey.