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Kenpo Gokui

The lines of the ken-po goku-i are set from an atomistic aspect simply because it is the manner in which the brain learns. Its nature is completely holistic and like the I Ching must be in a form that promotes learning and understanding so a person can see, hear and grasp the nature of a holistic system. The gokui is a method to teach us how to be holistic. Its terseness is the best that can be done to convey its holistic meaning.


A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.

A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.


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The Tao of Gokui - two

When people see beauty, they think, "that's beautiful".
Thinking of something as beautiful makes you think other things are ugly.
Calling something "good" forces you to call some other things "evil."

One must just let the moment provides an "experience". It is neither beautiful or ugly but "is". To allow it to touch your soul so you may experience its presence in the moment is not something we can achieve or make but what is with out reservations.

Experience it in the present moment gives it nothing, expects nothing from it, has not cause or effect but just experiences the moment where it resides.

If we simply "are" and in the "present moment" with out labels and "thinking" then nothing can cause us either difficulty or comfort for being is just chance when in reality chance is allowing the Tao to be "one" with your moment; "NOW".

The ideas "difficult" and "easy" support each other.
"Long" and "short" define each other.
"High" creates "low"
"Tone" creates "noise"
"Before" creates "after"
"Have" creates "don't have"

In-Yo, duality. Bringing duality into the "one" to reach enlightenment. The mind remains fixated on the names and effects of things. Accepting what is and remaining in the present moment means to not give credence to things as either difficult or easy; they are just what they are and noting is as personal as our ego's would have us believe.

In the present moment the mind has no before or after. In the present moment we have only that present moment so we can neither have or have not what others have or have not for everyone in the now has exactly what everyone is supposed to have or have not.

This is why the Sage acts without effort and teaches without words.
New things are created and the Sage just accepts them.
Things fade away and the Sage accepts that too.

The Master does not know that he/she is one. They instinctually take action with out effort. Their actions teach is much if we view it with out "labels" or "with out naming". The essence of Sensei or one who comes before yet remains solidly in the now.

To remain in the presence with out "naming" but just "experiencing" allows creativity so Sensei accepts with out question but with understanding that transcends into the Tao or the Way and the Way.

Sensei accepts that things move from the now into the not now and does not allow the mind to dwell on it. He/she remains present and accepts that as well.

A Sage can have things without feeling they "own" them.

Sensei through present moment practice achieves with out trying to hold it but accepts the knowing as a fleeting moment that is just there.

Achieving a level of something that may remain yet as the moments travel the path they may leave so you can never own the moment for it belongs to something far greater so we call it the Tao.
The Sage does things without putting an emotional stake into the outcome.

Present moment mind is one where we experience it as it is a part of that moment thus it is what it is and trying to influence it with the mind, words, naming, is like rowing against the currents when allowing it to follow and flow with the current keeps the ego from creating and emotional attachment to what is. It will pass beyond this moment so let it.

The task is accomplished, but the Sage doesn't seek credit or take pride in the accomplishment.

Allowing the answers to come naturally and instinctively from the Way and the Tao gets it done so you can let it travel to the past un thought of and with out its influencing your present moment. It is gone from your moment "let it go".

Because the Sage is not attached to the accomplishment, the accomplishment lasts forever.

That moment is forever yet it does not occupy the present moment unless you allow the ego to influence the mind into past thoughts or possible futures. Neither exist until they are in the moment. The past is what it is and never returns to the moment while the future is merely something that could be and only becomes when it is the present moment and until it becomes the moment it is nothing; it is void of the now.

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