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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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Kanreki [還暦]

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The characters/ideograms mean, “60th birthday.” The first character means, “send back; return,” the second character means, “calendar; almanac.” 

The completion of the twelve-year cycle of the zodiac no less than five times. It is that threshold to indicate entering what I call the “Winter Years” or rather a signal of the approach of old age. It is not an excuse mind you but simply a notification of the many changes that have occurred and will continue to occur to your mind, body and spirit. 

From the Encyclopedia of Shinto: “When a person lives to see their sixty-first calendar year, they have lived through the entire sixty-year cycle of the traditional eto (ten stems and twelve branches) calendar and returned to the same "year" and horoscope sign in which they were born.”

In shintoism one who manages to achieve this feat celebrates by receipt of a red cap, a seat cushion, and a vest called the “Chanchanko,” similar to the one they received as a newborn. It is about renewal, a rebirth to one’s birth year sign. 

Note that there are also signs/symbols of greater ages such as, “longevity celebrations for turning "seventy" (koki [古希]), "seventy-seven" (kiju [喜寿]), "eighty" (sanju [傘寿]), "eighty-one" (hanju), "eighty-eight" (beiju [米寿]), "ninety" (sotsuju [卒寿]), "ninety-nine" (hakuju [白寿]), "one-hundred" (jōju), "one hundred and eight" (chaju [茶寿]), and "one hundred and eleven" (kōju).”

Nobutaka, Inoue. “Kanreki.” 24 February 2007. http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=1040

Clarke, Michael. “Kanreki … time to start over.” 19 May 2015 at 22:55hrs written Saturday, 16 May 2015. http://shinseidokandojo.blogspot.com/2015/05/kanrekitime-to-start-over.html

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