Every February Shingon Shu Hawaii holds its Hoshi Matsuri service to bestow blessings for the rest of the year. “Hoshi” means star and “matsuri” means festival. The service includes the transformation of sacred items (i.e. altars/butsudan, altar pieces, prayer items, statues, charms/omamori, etc) by placing them in a sacred fire. Most of the items are…

Today, thanks to my wonderful friend Joannie, I had the great pleasure and honor of meeting Dr. Sen Genshitsu, a 15th generation master from the Urasenke tradition of tea at his talk at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. ‘Urasenke’ means the back house of the Sen family/school and has roots from Sen no Rikyu…

On April 5th, 2015 the Shingon Shu Hawaii Temple celebrated its 100th anniversary with a Saito Goma service (fire purification) performed by monks from Kyoto, Japan. This monumental event gave me the opportunity to reflect on my experiences with the temple over the years. The one thing that immediately jumps at me is how long…

Patience, timing, and precision… these are the characteristics of a snake that are the keys to a prosperous year.   This is a challenge for my Chinese zodiac animal… the tiger. Snakes and tigers possess the same traits but are polar opposites in their embodiment.  Snakes can chill outside a mouse hole for days before striking……

One of the scariest moments of my life happened at a closed door SWAT team workshop that I did in Gilbert, AZ.  I was demonstrating some applications of the basic movements of bagua… how functional surfaces come to be by simply keeping the integrity of the form.  At the end of the progression my forearm…

Year of the Dragon performance and blessing in Chinatown Honolulu… Bagua sword set done to the poetry of the Jade Emperor Mind Seal Classic.  Definitely one of my favorite sets!  Blessings, good health, and prosperity to all in the Year of the Dragon! Special thanks to Gee Yung International Dragon and Lion Dance Association for…

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