Numerous prominent martial artists in Japanese history came to find in Zen practice a vital element that informed their practice. Indeed, many of the qualities needed in Aikido training—the fearlessness, energy and focus required to plumb the depths of one’s own existence in the midst of conflict—are demanded in Zen as well. When the dualistic separation of “self” and “other” is transcended through the forging of deep mind-body training, the concept of an opponent loses all meaning. 

 

 

Weekday Meditation

Tuesday and Thursday @ 8:30pm • 30 MINUTES

Zazen is practiced after classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30pm. We sit for 30 minutes. If you do not practice Aikido, but would like to sit with us, you will need to take care of stretching your body ahead of time. Eugene Aikikai has zafu, sitting cushions, to loan. If you would like to join us in mediation, please reach out via phone or online. 

 

Saturday Meditation

saturday @ 9AM • 60 MINUTES

Join us on Saturday mornings from 9am - 10am. We will begin with a half hour of gentle stretching to prepare our bodies to sit. This class is open to the public at no charge. If you are new to meditation, please reach out ahead of time so that we can be prepared to acquaint you to our practice. 

 
 
 
 T.K. Chiba Sensei, 8th Dan  Founder of Birankai®

T.K. Chiba Sensei, 8th Dan

Founder of Birankai®

It is important to cultivate the eyes to see that the substance is beyond forms, and to find true peace within tranquility of the mind. Only when this is thoroughly attained, paradoxically, are we not only able to see these forms in a positive light, but can we also bring to our lives many colorful flowers for our appreciation. As the Heart Sutra reads, “Form is exactly emptiness, emptiness is exactly form.” 

Zazen, I believe, helps to cure or calm down the fever that man has been infected with throughout modern civilization, so that he or she can come to see the true-self and the quintessence of existing things. And most significantly, its value is found within simple practicality. It is equally open to anyone regardless of the various strings of the human condition. Through this simple practice, we are led to the world where mechanically fixed, established values that often do not belong to us may be reversed from the bottom up. And thus, we are able to return human quality to its original purity and peace for the universal liberation of man. 
— T.K. Chiba, 1993