Daily Dojo

Miyamoto Musashi

Today’s quote comes from Miyamoto Musashi.

To all Ways there are side-tracks. If you study a Way daily, and your spirit diverges, you may think you are obeying a good way, but objectively it is not the true Way. If you are following the true Way and diverge a little, this will later become a large divergence. You must realise this.

Miyamoto Musashi

Musashi’s tone here is stern, but there is a lot to think about in these words. What would be a side-track to your chosen Way? Is a small divergence going to grow over time? How do we even know if we are following our true Way?

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I have nothing to report, my friends. 
If you want to find the meaning, 
Stop chasing after so many things.

Today’s quote comes from one of my heroes. Ryōkan Taigu was a monk who lived most of his life as a hermit. He wrote beautiful poetry that speaks volumes with just a few words.

I have nothing to report, my friends.
If you want to find the meaning,
Stop chasing after so many things.


Ryōkan Taigu

What did he mean by finding the meaning? Chasing after so many things? What things?

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A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean.

Our thought for the day comes from the writings of Chuang Tzu.

A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean.


Chuang Tzu

The quote is highly Americanized. Like most ancient Chinese writings, English translations vary depending on who does the translating.

The quote itself comes from the seventeenth chapter of Chuang Tzu’s writings.


Zo, (the Spirit-lord) of the Northern Sea, said, ‘A frog in a well cannot be talked with about the sea;– he is confined to the limits of his hole. An insect of the summer cannot be talked with about ice;– it knows nothing beyond its own season.


Chuang Tzu

It goes on from there for quite a bit, and it is worth a read.

The quote itself . . . what does it mean? Are we confined by what we think we know? Limited by what we think we can do?

Daily Dojo

Today’s quote comes from Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.


Yamamoto Tsunetomo

How would this apply to the study of music? Think about the efforts people put into finding shortcuts . . . Lots to ponder with this one.

Daily Dojo

Our dojo thought for the day comes from the one and only Ed Parker.

“Traditionalists often study what is taught, not what there is to create.”

Ed Parker

Is he right? Is he wrong? Think about this while you practice today.