Welcome to Budokan
Individually hand-made and to a professional standard, visually attractive and the practical answer to comfortable meditation or a simple seating solution for improved posture.
Come in an meet some of the people past and present in Budokan.
with Passmore Sensei are available by arrangement.
Click here to contact him by email for further information.
Budokan is a member of the Nine Circles Giri discount scheme on mpst of their clothing and equipment.
If yoiu are a member of Budokan and wish to benefit from discounts on offer - just email us and we will send yiou our username and passward.
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Budokan has many Teachers Maaters and Students to whom we owe so much.
We have now created a permanent presence on the site, so that we can all remember who they were and be eternally grateful for the contribution they have made in the practice, promotion and dissemination of Japanese Budo.
Modern day practitioners of Japanese Budo do not include the essence of the spirit of Budo, because of the absence of the spirit of Zen. Shinto and Zen Buddhism and a better understanding of Bushido.
Founder of Budokan
Budokan is made up of a load of interesting people.
And they are all doing something - it seems - most of the time - outside of the martial arts, that is.
So we want to record those times here on the Budokan website for all of us to share on a page dedicated to them.
New ddition to the family
Doing something for the first time.
Family get togethers.
And so on.
Send your pics, videos and stories in when you can.
Buddhism from the view of current evolutionary psychology, biology and philosophy
A very brief snapshot...
1 The only reality is genetic propagation
2 The human body was optimised for an environment that no longer exists.
3 Long term happiness is an illusion and is a source of human suffering
4 Human consciousness is governed by feelings - not logic
We think we are thinking creatures that feel - biologically we are feeling creatures that think.
5 Autonomous selfhood does not exist
There is no CEO of the mind
6 Individuals are tribal, self centred and biased and suffer from wishful thinking
We are naturally tribal, selfish and limited by bias and suffer from illusions.
7 Human beings fail to see the world clearly - which leads to them suffering and to make
A Snapshot of the Four Noble Truths
"I teach suffering, its origin, cessation and path. That's all I teach", declared the Buddha 2500 years ago.
The Four Noble Truths contain the essence of the Buddha's teachings.
It was these four principles that the Buddha came to understand during his meditation under the Bodhi tree.
1 To be alive and to be aware, is to suffer - Dukkha he called it.
2 All sufferings are the effects of identifiable causes
3 By removing these, we can rid ourselves of the suffering
4 By moving our conscious mind into a state of contentment and ease through meditation.
The final Noble Truth is the Buddha's prescription for the end of suffering.
The Eightfold Path
The eight stages are not to be taken in order, but rather support and reinforce each other:
1. Right Understanding - Accepting Buddhist teachings. (The Buddha never intended his followers to believe his teachings blindly, but to practise them and judge for themselves whether they were true.)
2. Right Intention - A commitment to cultivate the right attitudes.
3. Right Speech - Speaking truthfully.
4. Right Action - Behaving peacefully and harmoniously.
5. Right Livelihood - Avoiding making a living in ways that cause harm.
6. Right Effort - Cultivating positive states of mind;.
7. Right Mindfulness - Developing awareness of feelings and states of mind.
8. Right Concentration - Developing the mental focus necessary for this awareness.
The eight stages can be grouped into Wisdom (right understanding and intention), Ethical Conduct right speech, action and livelihood) and Meditation (right effort, mindfulness and concentration).
The Buddha described the Eightfold Path as a means to enlightenment, like a raft for crossing a river.
Once one has reached the opposite shore, one no longer needs the raft and can leave it behind.
Regular Meditation and Conscious Breathing = calm and high levels of concentration and clarity
Observations of the mind and training the mind all lead to a constant awareness and comparison of what is happening in your head - “in here” and what is happening in your world -“out there”.
If you can do this every day and succeed then you will feel regularly contented and at ease, with both yourself and with the world you are in
THE 5 AGGREGATES
This was based on his theory that nothing is permanent - that everything is changing all the time.
It began with the Buddha's Discourse on the Not Self with 5 of his disciple monks.
1 Our physical body is changing all the time
90% of our cells will have changed each year.
2 Our feelings come and go
One minute you may be angry - the next minute you’re not.
Becoming aware of something via your senses and understanding
Certainly come and go
70% of our thoughts are negative
5 Awareness of all these aggregates
Developing an awareness of them all through meditation.
We begin each year with a workshop on the various aspects of seated meditation or Zazen and its relationship with Japanese Bushido and Budo, in an attempt to reinforce the importance of its daily - or at least regular - practice that will have a positive impact on the bahaviour of all students and how they perceive the world and themselves in it.
Many students have picked up books on Buddhist thought and hace never been able to make head nor tail of their content.
Between each Meditation zesshin with conscious breathing, students were divided into 3 discussion groups and were introduced to a laymans snapshot of the main principles of Buddhist teaching. This was followed by a look at the 5 Aggregares in the Discourse of the Not Self and then a scientific view of Buddhism usiing evolutionary psychology, biology and philosophy.
All produced very lively discussion, which continued on into the pub afterwards, in front of a welcome warm fire!
TEACHING VIDEO OF TENSHO - ie SLOWER
AND THIS WAS A MULTI-DISCIPLINE TEACHING WORKSHOP TO REFLECT JUST THAT
THE CONFLUENCE OF THE DISCIPLINES
Ippon Kumite between Keith and Toby with Mike and Pete looking on.
Darren and Keith having a great time during their Randori session with Fukuro Shinai
Mike practiing Tachi Dori - sword taking - with Fukuro shinai
Steve and Toby in their Randori session with Fukuro shinai
Pete practising Tachidori with Toby
This was a teaching workshop - not a workout - for Black Belts.
We began by having a short Zazen and then discussed the influence of the martial virtues of Honour, Humility, Respect, Loyalty, Courage, Justice and Duty have in our practice and in our daily lives.
The majority of those present practise meditation daily and others 3-4 times a week, which is good, as this gives time for reflection on the virtues and how to manage feelings and emotions.
Although we may practise individual disciplines, we encourage students to consider them all as one, as the overlap is huge.
Here we chose Iaido with Bokken only in Training and Embu mode to warm up.
Karate Kata of Ananko - great for basics - was then selected to get everybody into the idea of how to be still within Kata.
After that we all practised Katame Waza - immobilisation - and Nage waza throwing techniques or projections.
Aikiken Randori followed with Fukoro Shinai
One step free sparriing came in for Karate after that.
Follwed by Tachi Dori or sword taking.
We ended up with Karate Jyu Kumite or free sparring.
Once again, according to our tradition, we focussed on the quality of our technique - the hallmark of Budokan - whatever discipline we were working on - helping each other to do the very best we could, accordig to our skills and abilities.
A great afternoon was had by all those lucky enough to make the workshop, which of course ended up in the White Hart for some good beer and pub grub.
The next teaching workshop should be in June.
Steve working on Empiuchi with Mike
Some videos from the day on Ippon Jyu Kumite - Zuki only...
...one on Jyu Kumite - zuki only
Randori with Fukuro Shinai
Tachi Dori with Fukuro Shinai