It was my honor to play shakuhachi before Gasshou last Wednesday evening. It is easy to feel overwhelmed when we are bombarded daily with bad news about the magnitude of recent tragic events in Japan. The time of quiet reflection during Gasshou offered a message of hope in this time that might lead us to despair.
Sensei Lia Suzuki brings a passion to her mission that banishes despair.
This was my first visit to the new dojo of Aikido Kenkyukai. Since they just moved in, the new dojo is in need of some repair but is teeming with possibility.
However my main impression was the inspiration I received from the calm and respectful state in which her group of students went about their aikido practice before and after Gasshou. It can be a daunting task to continually raise funds for student scholarships, dojo renovations, and now for Japan. In the face of all this adversity, it is truly remarkable to see Lia’s dedication, grace, and passion in raising funds for every issue, without losing sight of the mission of the Art of Peace and nurturing a better society.
Bob Nyosui Sedivy
Wednesdays, 6:15-6:30pm: “Gasshou” (putting the palms together)
We invite people from age 3 to 100 (aikido practitioners and non-practitioners, alike) to sit in meditation/prayer/silence between the teens & adults beginners class and adults’ “Gohdou Keiko”.