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Warrior Tribute to Onyumishi Kanjuro Shibata XX
Shambahal Times ^ | October 24, 2013 12:16 am | staff

Posted on 10/24/2013 4:57:02 PM PDT by Candor7

The Shambhala Times offers this Warrior Tribute to the great Kyudo Master Onyumishi Kanjuro Shibata XX who passed away peacefully on October 21st at the age of 92 in Boulder. His wife Carolyn was with him at their home. Please take this opportunity to post your remembrances and tributes as comments below the article.

Below, Shibata Kanjuro XX, circa 1935

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Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1921, Shibata began his Kyudo training at the age of eight. At a young age he also began training in bowmaking with his grandfather, Kanjuro Shibata XIX, in the family workshop. In 1959, upon the death of Kanjuro XIX, he officially became Kanjuro Shibata XX and assumed the duties of Imperial Bowmaker to the Emperor of Japan.

Below , Shibata Sensei demonstrating Manner Shooting

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Perhaps you are thinking that neutrality is some sort of spiritual goal. This is not the case. Looking deeply at our hearts is the aim of spiritual practice. Kyudo practice is not neutral. Kyudo practice is about balance. Balance is not the same as neutrality. Neutrality only seeks the middle. In kyudo practice we are equally aware of the left, the right, the middle, all of it. How long have you been practicing? Once more again, practice. This is my hope.

~ Kanjuro Shibata Sensei

Below, Shibata XX Sensei joins heaven and earth, 2008

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Shibata Sensei was the master of Taiyusha Kyudojo practice hall in Kyoto (founded in 1883) until its closure in 1991. In addition to making bows for warriors and nobility, the Shibatas also made hama-yumi (sacred bows) used in Shinto and Buddhist rituals. They were also heads of Kyoto Bowmaker’s Guild for many generations. During the Meiji Restoration, the Shibata lineage was appointed the Bowmaker to the Emperor of Japan, whose most important duty is producing the Goshimpo-yumi which are enshrined at the Grand Imperial Shrine at Ise and replaced every twenty years.

In Japan, Shibata Sensei became concerned that his students were too fixated on merely hitting the target, and were treating kyudo as a sport rather than a meditative art. He felt they were becoming too competitive. Shibata thus represents a view of kyudo different from the All Japanese Kyudo Federation (ZNKR) and Japanese Budo Association. Rather than as a meditative art, ZNKR promotes kyudo as a traditional budo art combining equally both physical and mental development. These differences led Shibata Sensei to exclude his tradition from the official Japanese budo associations.

In 1980 Shibata Sensei came to the United States to teach kyudo to the Shambhala community, at the invitation of Vidyadhara the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Together they founded Ryuko Kyudojo (Dragon-Tiger Kyudo Practice Hall) in Boulder, where he established permanent residence in 1985. The Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, studied for many years with Shibata Sensei and became president of Ryuko Kyudojo.

One is not polishing one’s shooting style or technique, but the mind. The dignity of shooting is the important point. This is how Kyudo differs from the common approach to archery. In Kyudo there is no hope. Hope is not the point. The point is that through long and genuine practice your natural dignity as a human being comes out. This natural dignity is already in you, but it is covered up by a lot of obstacles. When they are cleared away, your natural dignity is allowed to shine forth. ~ Kanjuro Shibata

Shibata Sensei traveled and taught extensively, and founded Zenko International, with over 25 Kyudo practice groups in the United States, Canada and Europe. Sensei officially retired from his duties as Imperial Bowmaker in 1994 in favor of his son, but with the support of his wife Carolyn, was active in teaching until his death. He performed purification ceremonies at the Sakyong’s Enthronement and Wedding. The Amaterasu-mikami shrine at Shambhala Mountain Center was constructed at his request and under his guidance.

“Shibata Sensei was an exemplar of warriorship,” writes Shambhala Mountain Center Director Michael Gaynor. “In the last year of his life, he visited Shambhala Mountain Center on a number of occasions in response to a request from the staff to teach warriorship and revitalize the practice of Kyudo at the mountain center. Despite his obvious frailty and need for oxygen at the higher elevation, he came and shared his profound teachings with us. He also invited the staff to his dojo in Boulder, to take first shot with him. This was a warrior for whom there was never a moment of holding back.”


TOPICS: History; Local News; Society
KEYWORDS: kyudo; meditation; memorium; shambhala
He arrived like an arrow from ancient times. He carried the torch of the heart/mind polishing lineage.And he always said:"Hello is NOT goodbye!"

He transplanted the Heki Ryu Biu Shyu Chikurin Ha lineage of kyu no michi in the West as it now wanes in Japan.

1 posted on 10/24/2013 4:57:02 PM PDT by Candor7
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To: TigersEye; Fred Nerks; LucyT; Beckwith; AmericanInTokyo; Bikkuri; Lanimal; thewitz2; ...

My precious teacher has passed from this world.There likely will never be another like him, he very likely was the last of his kind.


2 posted on 10/24/2013 5:00:09 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7
thanks, for the interesting post.
I practice in Martial Arts, too.

3 posted on 10/24/2013 5:14:04 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: skinkinthegrass

I practice Kung Pow Chik-An


4 posted on 10/24/2013 5:15:24 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Candor7

To attempt a comment in words would be an act most “Un-shibumi.”

I will, therefore only offer a modest musical tribute in which one might find some sense of balance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Cdjn9DmckAE


5 posted on 10/24/2013 5:29:33 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

Shibumi Samma,

Domo Arigato Gozahimashita. That music fell directly onto my raw kokoro, like salt on a wound , its purifying sting is pleasurable as the rain falls on my face.

C7


6 posted on 10/24/2013 5:36:55 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7; KC_Lion; Revolting cat!

Not nearly as manly as dressing up your own warrior

http://www.dolldivine.com/korean-warrior.php


7 posted on 10/24/2013 5:39:14 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
I practice Kung Pow Chik-An
I practice @ least once a week w/ Deadly Chop sticks, too. ...
AND don't even think of leaving out the (as deadly) Pork Fried Dumplings
(8 for 4.95$US)

8 posted on 10/24/2013 5:40:17 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: skinkinthegrass
Choi Young rules.... well, okay his King ruled but still... they probably thought they'd be remembered in poems, songs and legends...

They would probably be bemused to see their lives fictionalized and turned into romantic dramas that bear almost no resemblance to the real thing


9 posted on 10/24/2013 5:43:23 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Candor7

My apology if I do this badly. I do not claim fluency, much less poetic ability:

Mai anaa izu tuu noo himu suruu yuu .


10 posted on 10/24/2013 5:46:40 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: skinkinthegrass
At least one Japanese invasion was defeated by the mighty Turtle Ships!

Okay, why not Dragon Ships? or Sea Monster Ships? why Turtle??

Cannons all around, arrow firing poets all around, 2 foot spikes on the top... possibly poisonous fumes belching from the mouth of the dragon head....

To this day General/Admiral Lee Soon-shin is a national hero of Korea.

Must have been a formidable ship in its day.

11 posted on 10/24/2013 5:48:27 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
It's just not my style..ahhhhh, Orientation...
You really should contact pResident 0'BlahBlah /
Reggie Love et al in the White Hut...

12 posted on 10/24/2013 5:49:56 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: skinkinthegrass

There is some weird stuff on the internet


13 posted on 10/24/2013 5:51:45 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
To this day General/Admiral Lee Soon-shin is a national hero of Korea.
Must have been a formidable ship in its day.
true..the French (in the Crimean War) must have thought they....
were invincible, too..seems they didn't last too long (top-heavy?) either.

14 posted on 10/24/2013 5:55:28 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: skinkinthegrass

They worked for a while but technology advances rather quickly sometimes


15 posted on 10/24/2013 5:58:47 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Candor7; MestaMachine; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; sweetiepiezer; txnuke; Velveeta; aragorn; ...
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Candor 7, our sympathy, and sadness at your loss.

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16 posted on 10/24/2013 6:13:37 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: shibumi

It is my honor to know you here and he would be very pleased
to meet you, of that I am very sure.


17 posted on 10/24/2013 6:15:10 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: LucyT

Thank you so much. It is most difficult to have lost my blood father in May, and now my spiritual father is gone.

But we will slog on here. I appreciate you so much and hope all is well with you and yours.

I have a feeling I will be seeing them both again.


18 posted on 10/24/2013 6:19:21 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7

With great respect, I share your loss and feel your pain. Please accept my condolences on your great loss.


19 posted on 10/24/2013 6:36:13 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Towanda! Charge!!! A Fuwappiduh is called for in 5, 4, 3 ,2.....Dang, that was awesome, Dudes......)
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To: Candor7
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your great teacher. As we both know it is as much a time of joy as it is of sorrow. Such men meet their passing without fear and with a lifetime's preparation for their transition from this life to the next holding anticipation for greater things to come. Still, it is always difficult for us who remain here who follow in their footsteps and know we will never hear their praise or guidance again in this life.

Tashi delek, my FRiend.

May you always remember every precious moment you shared with Master Onyumishi Kanjuro Shibata XX.

Sarva da mangalam!

20 posted on 10/24/2013 6:43:07 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: GeronL
They worked for a while but technology
advances rather quickly sometimes
yup....change is a constant...

21 posted on 10/24/2013 7:20:13 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Candor7

You were blessed being his student... my prayers for both of you at this time.


22 posted on 10/24/2013 7:25:22 PM PDT by GOPJ (Self-respect is the root of discipline...dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself-Heschel)
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To: Candor7

Deeply sorry for your loss, Candor7.


23 posted on 10/24/2013 8:36:23 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: MestaMachine

Thank you Mesta. I am praying for you everyday. The forces of impermenance in this world cut so deeply.


24 posted on 10/25/2013 2:33:06 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: TigersEye

Lama Chenno, Lamma Chenno,
Rinchen Tsawai, Lama Chenno!

Thank you for your kindness my dear FRiend.


25 posted on 10/25/2013 2:34:49 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: GOPJ; Velveeta

Thank you so much for your kind words.


26 posted on 10/25/2013 2:35:49 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: TigersEye; MestaMachine
When one practices kyu no michi in this lineage, the world becomes so vivid, full of energy simply because one's heart opens like a blossoming flower.Surrounded by a retinue of many dakinis, we practice follwing the example of the accomplished ones who have gone before over a period of thousands of years.

Do not ever think that basic unconditional goodness of the human heart will cease to exist, for the torch of certainty will never be extinguished by death, impermanence, or samsara.

And so this torch will continue to blaze in our own back yards.

This is what it means to be the student of such a man for 30 years:

Shibata Meadows Retreat Center photo 100_1840_zpsd10dfa65.jpg

( Photo taken at Shibata Meadows Shambhala Retreat Center last August. I established this practice place of refuge 2 years ago, dedicated to solitary retreats, we will eventually have 7 retreat cabins and a full traditional kyudo venue with Matoba Azuchi and an Iru Basho Hall )

27 posted on 10/25/2013 3:12:00 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: TigersEye

A drala celebration. Thats next.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNQyfiB0kz4


28 posted on 10/25/2013 3:56:42 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: LucyT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne1RhsFzKV8


29 posted on 10/25/2013 4:02:48 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: TigersEye
His cremation ceremony will be in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado at Shambhala Mountain Center, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Rocky Mountain Time.

Rarely can one photograph wanthang.

In the kyudo world it is called "shahin" or shooting dignity.

Shibata Kanjuro XX, Onyumishi ( ret.), Shahin..Reiho Chusetsu! photo 1378243_10152041765421929_356932781_n_zps3ecb7a62.jpg

30 posted on 10/25/2013 5:42:12 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7

The ceremony is in Red Feather Lakes today? That is so close yet so far away. The flooding in Sept. has made it even further. I’m afraid I couldn’t get there in two hours even if highway 34 were still usable but I will hold a thought for your venerable teacher. Are you there today?


31 posted on 10/25/2013 11:36:15 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

I was not there today, I am in New Brunswick and we held our own kyudo ceremony to coincide in time with that happening in Red Feather Lakes.You are so close, you should visit Shambhala Mountain sometime to see the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya there ( its a walk in and has 3 floors).


32 posted on 10/25/2013 2:33:34 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7

I have been wanting to see the stupa for a long time but it is difficult for me to leave home for very long. That is wonderful that you were able to have a simultaneous ceremony there in New Brunswick.


33 posted on 10/25/2013 3:14:42 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye; shibumi; MestaMachine; LucyT; Fred Nerks; Beckwith; AmericanInTokyo; Bikkuri; Lanimal; ..

This link connects to a video of Shibata XX Sensei’s Cremation Ceremony, the song that you here is Sensei singing about a flock of geese, “Gun”...one or two may fly away from the V - arrowhead shaped flock in the sky and another one or two will join it in its arrow shaped course across the sky.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FTRNGxq0rM


34 posted on 10/27/2013 8:34:06 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Candor7

Thank you. That was beautiful!


35 posted on 10/27/2013 12:52:39 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

A glimpse into Shambhala :-).

Thank you for your kindness.


36 posted on 10/27/2013 4:55:17 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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