道场 Dào·Chǎng

Notes of a lifelong learner and perpetual beginner on martial arts, mindfulness, Chinese calligraphy…and many, many cups of tea.


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Kamikoto Commercial #1

I enjoy making simple sushi rolls at home, but would like to give it some more focused effort and become a true tenzo. The film Jiro Dreams of Sushi has been very inspirational to me, not just in terms of its portrayal of Jiro’s mastery of sushi preparation, but even more so for its pearls of wisdom for following the path of mastery and attainment. Along these same lines, I aspire to own a great set of Japanese knives someday. I recently came across this beautiful and inspiring infomercial from Kamikoto. There is another one I will post that is even better!

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Audio: D.T. Suzuki’s Swordsman and the Cat

I came across this video narrating a story related by zen master D.T. Suzuki (read by Christopher Reed). The story concerns a swordsman who is furious about a rat that lives in his home, and the solutions he attempted. Suzuki stated that the story may come from the Ittō-ryū school. I won’t spoil the ending and the embedded lessons for you, but you can probably surmise that the story is not really about cats and rats. There is plenty to reflect upon and learn from this story and Suzuki’s narrative interpretation. The insights can be applied not only in martial arts but in life just as well.