Friday, November 29, 2013

A Great New Book by the Director of the Sennin Foundation



The Teachings of Tempu: Practical Meditation for Daily Life details the life and meditation techniques of Nakamura Tempu (1876-1968). Mr. Nakamura taught Shin-shin-toitsu-do (“The Way of Mind and Body Unification”) for over 50 years and authored bestselling books. He trained over 100,000 people, including members of the Japanese Imperial Family, government officials, business leaders, top athletes, celebrated actors, martial arts experts, and notable novelists. 

The book begins with Mr. Nakamura’s early years and a global quest to cure his tuberculosis. This search took him to the USA, where he studied medicine at Columbia University. Next, he traveled to Europe, where he lived with actress Sarah Bernhardt and researched psychology. In Egypt he encountered Kaliapa, an Indian mystic and yoga master, who brought him to India for a final attempt to save his life. After austere meditation in the Himalayas, Nakamura Tempu attained enlightenment, shook off the bonds of illness, and returned to Japan a changed man. 

The Teachings of Tempu uses episodes from Mr. Nakamura’s life to introduce his philosophy of mind and body unification, his forms of meditation, and how these skills can help you attain better health as well as deeper calmness, concentration, and willpower. It contains rare photos from Japan, which chronicle his long life. Also featured are extensive quotes from his books, the first time his writing has been offered in English. The Teachings of Tempu presents experiments and exercises you can try at home to understand mind and body unification—the essence of Mr. Nakamura’s realization and the secret to unlocking human potential. Illustrations of these exercises and forms of meditation are provided, along with an Introduction by Sawai Atsuhiro, a leading teacher of Shin-shin-toitsu-do and a direct student of Mr. Nakamura. Dr. Robert Carter, author and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy for Canada’s Trent University, wrote the Foreword.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June Workshops


SENNIN FOUNDATION JUNE WORKSHOPS--
SUNDAY, JUNE 30

9:00 to 10:30 AM— Japanese Yoga for Adults (Notebook required)

10:45 AM to 12:15 PM Martial Arts for Adults & Kids (Tanbo—“short stick”—required) 

Fees
Japanese Yoga for Adults--$15.00 donation
Japanese Yoga & Martial Arts for Adults--$20.00 donation
Martial Arts for Kids--$15.00 donation
Tanbo--$9.12 (tax included)

Fees are non-refundable. Please return the form ASAP.

_______________________________________________

Name_____________________________
                      
___ I can attend the workshops.
___ I cannot attend workshops.
___ I cannot attend the workshops, and I would like to schedule a make-up class with H. E. Davey.
___ I want to order __(number) tanbo.

Total amount enclosed $____________

We look forward to seeing everyone at this fun and important event.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Free Class!

On May 2, 2013 the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts in California will offer an introductory class in the Shin-shin-toitsu-do system of Japanese yoga. This event is FREE.

What You can Experience
Shin-shin-toitsu-do is the form of Japanese yoga and meditation that will be offered. Shin-shin-toitsu-do, “The Way of Mind and Body Unification,” was founded in the early 1900s by Nakamura Tempu Sensei. Nakamura Sensei lived in India, where he studied the art of Raja yoga, the yoga of meditation. After studying medicine at Columbia University, he blended Indian meditation and health improvement with his background in medicine, psychology, Japanese healing arts and meditation, and Japanese martial arts. He taught for many years in Japan, authored best-selling books, and counted among his students a large number of Japan's top executives, politicians, fine artists, athletes, martial artists, and people from every walk of life. But few Westerners have yet been exposed to these extraordinary teachings.

Shin-shin-toitsu-do offers you practical forms of seated and moving meditation, breathing methods for health, stretching exercises, autosuggestion for altering negative habits, stress management, and self-healing techniques that are little-known in the West. Emphasis is also placed on the development of ki (chi in Chinese). Ki amounts to life energy, and its cultivation has a profound effect on mental and physical health. The goal is greatly enhanced concentration, willpower, calmness, relaxation, and physical fitness.

All You Need to Know to Participate
The class will take place at 1053 San Pablo Avenue in Albany, California, right across the bay from San Francisco. The Japanese yoga program starts at 7:00 PM. You can read more about this subject at www.senninfoundation.com.

Wear loose clothing and bring a notebook. Pre-registration is needed and easily accomplished. Just leave a voice mail at 510-526-7518 or send e-mail to hedavey@aol.com. Leave your name and phone number, and then indicate that you would like to participate. Indicate if anyone else is coming with you, and then just drop by on May 2, 2013. Please arrive a few minutes before 7:00 PM for general registration. 


The class will be taught by Troy Swenson Sensei, who has been studying and teaching at the Sennin Foundation Center for several years. He has associate instructor certification in Japanese yoga.

Don't miss your chance to learn how Japanese yoga can help you realize better health, deeper calmness, and enhanced concentration in everyday life. Thanks for supporting our dojo. We're looking forward to seeing you, your friends, and your family on May 2.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Special March Workshops


SENNIN FOUNDATION MARCH WORKSHOPS--
SUNDAY MARCH 24

9:00 to 10:30 AM— Japanese Yoga for Adults (Notebook required)

10:45 AM to 12:15 PM Martial Arts for Adults & Kids (Bokken—“wooden sword”—required) 

Fees
Japanese Yoga for Adults--$15.00 donation
Japanese Yoga & Martial Arts for Adults--$20.00 donation
Martial Arts for Kids--$15.00 donation
Child’s White Oak Bokken from Japan—$40.33
Adult’s White Oak Bokken from Japan—$59.95
 
Fees are non-refundable. Please return the form ASAP.

________________________________________________

Name_____________________________
                      
___ I can attend the workshops.
___ I cannot attend workshops.
___ I cannot attend the workshops, and I would like to schedule a make-up class with H. E. Davey.
___ I want to order __(number) bokken (child).
___ I want to order __(number) bokken (adult). 

Total amount enclosed $____________

We look forward to seeing everyone at this fun and important event.

 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Japanese Yoga Excerpt

“In Japan, a number of time-honored everyday activities (such as making tea, arranging flowers, and writing) have traditionally been deeply examined by their proponents. Students study how to make tea, perform martial arts, or write with a brush in the most skillful way possible to express themselves with maximum efficiency and minimum strain. Through this efficient, adroit, and creative performance, they arrive at art. But if they continue to delve even more deeply into their art, they discover principles that are truly universal, principles relating to life itself. Then, the art of brush writing becomes shodo—the “Way of the brush”—while the art of arranging flowers is elevated to the status of kado—the “Way of flowers.” Through these Ways or Do forms, the Japanese have sought to realize the Way of living itself. They have approached the universal through the particular.”
― H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Review of Brush Meditation, Part of The Japanese Way of the Artist Anthology

"As a highly ranked, well-respected instructor of various arts, including classical martial arts, Japanese yoga, and shodo (calligraphy), H. E. Davey is able to discuss shodo in terms of wider spiritual and philosophical implications for the non-practitioner and, indeed, for anyone seeking insights and ideas from Asian culture and traditions. This is an unusual talent and a rare gift, and Davey speaks from an unusual perspective of awareness, position, and repute."
--Wayne Muromoto, publisher, The Classic Budoka blog

Friday, November 2, 2012

From The Japanese Way of the Artist



"Certain philosophical and aesthetic standards are shared by all Japanese arts. From the martial arts, to Japanese dance, to flower arrangement, distinctive artistic codes are held in common. These aesthetic codes have had a profound effect on the unfolding of the Ways."--H. E. Davey, The Japanese Way of the Artist

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September Workshops


SENNIN FOUNDATION SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS--SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23 

9:00 to 10:30 AM— Japanese Yoga for Adults (Notebook required)
10:45 AM to 12:15 PM Martial Arts for Adults & Kids  

Fees

Japanese Yoga for Adults--$15.00 donation
Japanese Yoga & Martial Arts for Adults--$20.00 donation
Martial Arts for Kids--$15.00 donation
 
All fees are non-refundable. Please return the form ASAP.
 


Name_____________________________
                                  

___ I can attend the workshops.

___ I cannot attend workshops.

___ I cannot attend the workshops, and I would like to schedule a make-up class with H. E. Davey. 

Total amount enclosed $____________ 

We look forward to seeing everyone at this fun and important event.

 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September Sennin Foundation Workshops

On Sunday, September 23, H. E. Davey Sensei will be presenting workshops on Japanese yoga for adults and Japanese martial arts for children and adults at the Sennin Foundation Center. These special workshops will offer advanced training that’s different from our regular classes, and they will be helpful for your advancement in the dojo as well as in your personal life.

The Japanese yoga workshop will focus on the application of mind and body unification principles in sports. A number of famous athletes in Japan have used these principles to become champions, particularly in the fields of baseball, golf, and sumo. These are three of the most popular sports in Japan, and Davey Sensei will be teaching exercises designed to enhance performance in these activities. No prior experience is needed with these sports, and there is no need to bring any equipment with you.

What’s more, the principles he’ll be covering relate to calmness, relaxation in action, concentration, and coordination. As the result, these universal principles have application in daily life beyond sports, and these applications will be covered on September 23. The workshop will be valuable to athletes, but also to people that have no particular interest in sports.

The martial arts training will emphasize how mind and body unification can boost our performance in Saigo Ryu, a traditional Japanese martial art. The workshop will also focus on unique and advanced jujutsu techniques. No weapon will be needed for this workshop, and it will be suitable for everyone studying Saigo Ryu in our dojo. Saigo Ryu has an extensive variety of armed and unarmed techniques. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see and try some distinctive and high-level techniques rarely shown to the average student.

Prices and times will be the same as with past workshops. Think of these events as “extra credit,” which can help you attain teaching certification more easily in Japanese yoga, and which can help martial arts students advanced in rank more rapidly. More importantly, view this as an opportunity to have some fun and learn new things that can help you in life. More details will follow in the next few days.

Monday, August 13, 2012

August Workshops at the Sennin Foundation

SENNIN FOUNDATION AUGUST WORKSHOPS--SUNDAY AUGUST 19
 
9:00 to 10:30 AM— Japanese Yoga for Adults (Notebook required)
10:45 AM to 12:15 PM— Martial Arts for Adults & Kids (Tanbo required)
 
Fees
Japanese Yoga for Adults--$15.00 donation
Japanese Yoga & Martial Arts for Adults--$20.00 donation
Martial Arts for Kids--$15.00 donation
Tanbo (18-inch Wooden Stick)--$9.12 (tax included)
 
All fees are non-refundable. Please return the form ASAP.
 
Name_____________________________
 
___ I can attend the workshops.
___ I cannot attend workshops.
___ I cannot attend the workshops, and I would like to schedule a make-up class with H. E. Davey.
___ I want to order ___ (number) tanbo.
 
Total amount enclosed $____________
 
We look forward to seeing everyone at this fun and important event.

Friday, August 10, 2012

August Workshops

On Sunday, August 19, H. E. Davey Sensei will be teaching two special workshops at the Sennin Foundation Center. We previously indicated August 26 as the date of these workshops, but we’ve had to change the date to the 19th.

“Unlocking the Hidden Power of the Mind,” the Japanese yoga workshop for adults, will focus on Nakamura Tempu Sensei’s principles for strengthening the mind and realizing our full potential in daily life.  Concentration and the power of positive thinking will be just two important topics covered. 

The martial arts workshop for children and adults will focus again on Saigo Ryu tanbojutsu, the art of the 16-inch stick. This will be a continuation of last month’s tanbojutsu workshop, and Davey Sensei will be introducing more advanced techniques for nonviolent self-protection using the tanbo. Tanbo can be purchased at the dojo. 

Prices and times will be the same as prior workshops, and more information will be e-mailed to Sennin Foundation members in the near future. Please set aside Sunday morning on August 19 for this important event.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Free Classes!

On August 23, 2012 the Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts in California will offer an introductory class in the Shin-shin-toitsu-do system of Japanese yoga and meditation, along with an introduction to Saigo Ryu martial arts. This event is FREE.

What You can Experience
Shin-shin-toitsu-do is the form of Japanese yoga and meditation that will be offered. Shin-shin-toitsu-do, “Th...
e Way of Mind and Body Unification,” was founded in the early 1900s by Nakamura Tempu Sensei. Nakamura Sensei lived in India, where he studied the art of Raja yoga, the yoga of meditation. After studying medicine at Columbia University, he blended Indian meditation and health improvement with his background in medicine, psychology, Japanese healing arts and meditation, and Japanese martial arts. He taught for many years in Japan, authored best-selling books, and counted among his students a large number of Japan's top executives, politicians, fine artists, athletes, martial artists, and people from every walk of life. But few Westerners have yet been exposed to these extraordinary teachings.

Shin-shin-toitsu-do offers you practical forms of seated and moving meditation, breathing methods for health, stretching exercises, autosuggestion for altering negative habits, stress management, and self-healing techniques that are little-known in the West. Emphasis is also placed on the development of ki (chi in Chinese). Ki amounts to life energy, and its cultivation has a profound effect on mental and physical health. The goal is greatly enhanced concentration, willpower, calmness, relaxation, and physical fitness.

You will also have a chance to try Saigo Ryu aiki-jujutsu, a traditional and non-competitive martial art. While many Westerners use “jujutsu,” “jujitsu,” or “jiu-jitsu” to describe their art of self-defense, most of these methods bear little resemblance to the original Japanese jujutsu, Japan's oldest martial art. Both aikido and judo stem from jujutsu, and the Sennin Foundation Center is one of few dojo in the USA to offer authentic Japanese jujutsu.

Saigo Ryu features a wide variety of powerful throwing, pinning, and grappling techniques stemming from older methods originating in the Aizu-Wakamatsu area of Japan. Saigo Ryu is a sogo bujutsu, an “integrated martial system,” and it also features advanced training in the martial arts of the sword, spear, staff, short stick, iron fan, and others. It is unique and unlike many more well-known martial disciplines (like karate-do, kendo, and iaido). While training is vigorous, and the practiced self-defense techniques effective, the emphasis is on subduing an opponent without unneeded injury. Students improve their health while learning martial arts as meditation, which helps them to remain calm under pressure. Some practitioners have likened Saigo Ryu to “moving Zen.”

Saigo Ryu also teaches methods for cultivating ki. Ki, “life energy,” animates human beings, and an understanding of it is useful in both martial arts and daily life.

All You Need to Know to Participate
The classes will take place at 1053 San Pablo Avenue in Albany, California, right across the bay from San Francisco. The martial arts class is not required, and it will follow the Japanese yoga program, which starts at 7:00 PM. Since the Saigo Ryu aiki-jujutsu training will refer to principles of mind and body unification covered in the Japanese yoga class, everyone will want to participate in this first part of the evening. You can read more about both subjects at
www.senninfoundation.com.

Wear loose clothing and bring a notebook. Pre-registration is needed and easily accomplished. Just leave a voice mail at 510-526-7518 or send e-mail to hedavey@aol.com. Leave your name and phone number, and then indicate that you would like to participate in one or both classes. Indicate if anyone else is coming with you, and then just drop by on August 23, 2012. Please arrive a few minutes before 7:00 PM for general registration.

The classes will be taught by Troy Swenson Sensei, who has been studying and teaching at the Sennin Foundation Center for several years. He has instructor certification in Japanese yoga and Saigo Ryu martial arts.

Don't miss your chance to learn how Japanese yoga and/or martial as can help you realize better health, deeper calmness, and enhanced concentration in everyday life.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

July Workshops

SENNIN FOUNDATION JULY WORKSHOPS—SUNDAY, JULY 22


9:00 to 10:30 AM— Japanese Yoga for Adults (Notebook required)
10:45 AM to 12:15 PM— Martial Arts for Adults & Kids (Tanbo required)


Fees
Japanese Yoga for Adults--$15.00 donation
Japanese Yoga & Martial Arts for Adults--$20.00 donation
Martial Arts for Kids--$15.00 donation


Tanbo (18-inch Wooden Stick)--$9.12 (tax included)


All fees are non-refundable. We look forward to seeing everyone at this fun and important event.



Friday, July 6, 2012

Japanese Yoga

"A positive attitude is most easily arrived at through a deliberate and rational analysis of what’s required to manifest unwavering positive thought patterns. First, reflect on the actual, present condition of your mind. In other words, is the mind positive or not? We’ve all met individuals who perceive themselves as positive people but don’t appear as such. Since the mind is both invisible and intangible, it’s therefore easier to see the accurate characteristics of the mind through a person’s words, deeds, and posture.

For example, if we say, “It’s absolutely freezing today! I’ll probably catch a cold before the end of the day!” then our words expose a negative attitude. But if we say, “The temperature is very cold” (a simple statement of fact), then our expressions, and therefore attitude, are not negative. Sustaining an alert state in which self-awareness becomes possible gives us a chance to discover the origins of negativity. In doing so, we also have an opportunity to arrive at a state of positiveness, so that our words and deeds are also positive, making others feel comfortable, cheerful, and inspired."
— H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

Thursday, June 14, 2012

June Sennin Foundation Workshops for Children & Adults





On Sunday, June 24, H. E. Davey Sensei will present special workshops for children and adults at the Sennin Foundation Center. Please mark this date on your calendar.  

The Japanese yoga workshop will be for adults enrolled at our dojo. The subject will be “Awakening Intelligence,” and Davey Sensei will cover Nakamura Tempu Sensei’s ideas about the nature of intelligence and how it can be cultivated by anyone and at any age. For Nakamura Sensei, “intelligence” was defined in a unique way, a way that differs from IQ tests and SAT scores. Davey Sensei, Sennin Foundation Director, will also cover the following associated topics:

  • Calmness in action
  • Clarity of perception in daily life
  • Good judgment
  • Positive thinking that enhances creativity 

Instruction in related mind and body unification exercises, as well as forms of practical meditation, will be offered to workshop participants. 

Following Japanese yoga training will be a workshop for children and adults. It will focus on Saigo Ryu martial arts. Specifically, Davey Sensei will cover tanto dori, “knife disarming” techniques. A wooden training knife can be purchased at the dojo, and this workshop will be a continuation of last month’s kids’ workshop on knife disarming. The response to this workshop was so positive that Davey Sensei has decided to teach more tanto dori techniques to both children and adults. It’s a big subject to cover and an important one as well.  

Here are the times and costs: 

9:00 to 10:30 AM— Japanese Yoga for Adults (Notebook required)
10:45 AM to 12:15 PM Martial Arts for Adults & Kids (Tanto, "wooden knife," required) 

Fees
Japanese Yoga for Adults--$15.00 donation
Japanese Yoga & Martial Arts for Adults--$20.00 donation
Martial Arts for Kids--$15.00 donation
Wooden Knife--$7.86 (tax included)

Please set the morning of June 24 aside for some fun and useful training at the dojo. Since Davey Sensei will be presenting information that will be new to most students, we hope everyone enrolled in our classes will be in attendance.