In Aikido class today, I gave a fairly brief introduction to Patriarchal Zen practice so that interested students could begin their own exploration and find for themselves the relevance to our martial arts practice. A student, in an effort to summarize, asked roughly if the practice was about practicing ignoring thought.
In an effort to centralize my hybrid Aikido & Zen studies, I've been posting my thoughts and responses on the Sword Mountain Aikido & Zen website. You can find my first-draft answer to this question here.
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