Newsletters related to Japanese Culture

This page shows all Seishindo Newsletters related to Japanese Culture by date with the latest at the top of the list. Click on any to read more. You can also subscribe to our Newsletter to ensure you don’t miss any going forward.

  • Everyday mind and time
    December 1, 2011

    “How unstable was your thinking mind?” Sensei asked, after we had just spent an hour doing a specific breathing exercise. “I’m guessing that in the last hour most of you were very busy thinking, even though you’re meant to sit quietly when doing this exercise.”

  • Living Calmness
    September 1, 2011

    In Seishindo we believe… Each person is very much like a snowflake. Unique, Never to be duplicated, And with a life that’s over all too quickly. A key task in life is learning how to appreciate our uniqueness rather than comparing our self to others, or lamenting about what we are not.

  • Work hard, don’t worry
    August 1, 2011

    This is story about “Kinkenrikko”. The Japanese concept of “hard work and frugality”. You can learn a lot about Japanese spirit by reading this story.

  • Faking It
    July 2, 2011

    What I have learned is- The thanks and respect we show others, If it’s to have any real meaning, If it’s to be more than an empty social ritual, Must be initiated from a heartfelt sense of appreciation and humility.

  • Vulnerability can be a strength
    June 15, 2011

    Living in Japan for so long, I’ve learned a great deal about life from a unique perspective. One of my greatest teachers was my wife’s grandmother, who passed away several years ago. I hope you will enjoy this story!

  • Fundamentals of Happiness
    May 14, 2011

    In Japanese culture we are taught to celebrate success in a subdued fashion, keeping in mind that tomorrow brings a new set of challenges. We are taught that success is fleeting and doesn’t last all that long.

  • Mushin – A concept of innocent simplicity
    May 1, 2011

    A Japanese architect told me the following- The simpler you make something, the more obvious the obstructions in your thinking appear. In the early stages of each new design, I look forward to discovering the weaknesses in my thinking.

  • The Ebb and Flow of Life
    April 15, 2011

    “A single drop of water, has no power. A single drop of water moving with the flow of the ocean forms a wave. The power of the wave comes from joining with. The same is true of me and you.”

  • The Mind of Aikido and Water
    April 4, 2011

    With a mind of endless effortless rest, renewal, and movement, As calm when doing as when simply being. We can realize the end of every journey as a new beginning, Every destination as temporary, every goal as cyclical

  • A crisis of faith
    March 16, 2011

    What would your life be like if you believed you were a fine person, an intelligent person, an overall good learner? In other words, what would your life be like if you didn’t think something was wrong with you?

  • A crisis of faith
    March 15, 2011

    What are your afraid of? The attack of your counterpart who is simply performing his half of a training task? The judgment of people watching who might say you’re clumsy and unskilled? Or perhaps what you’re fearing most is the attack of your own negative self judgments.

  • Pain and Suffering
    February 28, 2011

    Sensei said, “Your suffering is created by your beliefs, and not by the outside world. Trying to run away from suffering is like trying to run away from yourself.”

  • Koans, paradox, and prayer
    February 12, 2011

    A “koan” is a paradoxical anecdote or riddle that has no apparent rational solution or meaning. Zen students are given koans to ponder. They’re meant to absorb themselves in the seeming paradox of a koan via meditation and everyday life, until such time that an “alternative truth” emerges

  • Lessons learned from hard times
    January 28, 2011

    I have many fond memories of sitting in my wife’s grandmother’s house, sipping tea, and giving “obaachan” the space to say whatever was on her mind. Today she talked about lessons learned from hard times.