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Kyudo, or the Way of the Bow, is the Japanese martial art of archery. Drawing from the philosopies of bushido—the Way of the Warrior—and the practices of Zen, it is a moving meditation and a way to live the teachings of Zen in our daily life.
In this calming workshop, Rick ‘Jyozen’ Beal and Phil Ortiz lead us in seated, standing, and moving meditations that, when performed in a group setting, engender a sense of community. We begin with short seated meditations and transition into standing and then moving postures—learning how our breath, blood, and bone interact to incorporate meditation into our daily lives.
Although the bulk of instruction will be done without the arrow actually leaving the bow, everyone will be able to shoot by the end of the program.
Limited enrollment; register early.
Faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:
The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Rick ‘Jyozen’ Beal is currently the head priest at Jizo-an, a small zendo dedicated as an Official Zen Temple by Watanabe Osho. Jyozen also has disciples in Zen and Zen Archery in several countries. nycdokokai.com
Phil Ortiz is a senior instructor for the New York Budokai and senior instructor of the New York Dokokai, which is the represented style of Zen Archery in New York City. He has studied martial arts for more than 50 years. nycdokokai.com