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.
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 @ 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.