Philosophy

The Living Tao – Stanza One

The true way is unknown and so is the untrue way There are no names to understand It Creation does not care that It is the source of creation Emanating as some thing It is not without nourishment Mysteries are revealed Become Its way Attain Its perfection Do not use words to describe Its no-thing-ness […]

Zen and Transmission of Mind – Part II

What is Mind? Reasoning and logic are intellectual processes that require types of study to permit the student access to different forms of thinking. This has to do with words: the most mysterious form of communications known. What a word means is not usually the intent with which it is used. Very few people know […]

Zen and Transmission of Mind – Part I

Having studied Zen for many years, I have come to understand that there is really nothing to understand, especially the concepts of ‘mind/no-mind’ or ‘thing/no-thing.’ Once past the intellectual aspects of Zen, it is discovered that it is the most freeing reality you will ever encounter and is the basis of all mental acumen relative […]

The Invalidation of Ancient Wisdom: Why It Must Lose Its Relevance and Functionality

All ancient wisdom as of, and in our ‘now,’ has been functional, viable, and right (largely considered common sense) in its proper moralistic existential time and place. However, as we evolve into the future ‘now,’ it is archaic, and presumptuously theoretically proven valid ‘now,’ but will fail in viability in the times to come. Such […]

Ch’i and the Creative Power of the Universe

I came across this early this morning as I was looking for some NEW music and was pleasantly surprised to find an article I had written in September, 2012. How it came to be in the Musica de Todo el Mundo Facebook group is interesting and also shows the power of the internet. The teaching […]

Poem From “The Living Tao”

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The Musician’s Book of Five Rings Intro

The Master Greets You My name is Miyamoto Musashi. I have beaten over sixty battle-tested warriors in personal combat and duels. As I approached my sixtieth year, I took a step back, and, reflecting upon my life, and, in a flash of insight and wisdom, came to understand my great success. Having been virtuous and […]

Major Book Deal Announcement

Stephen F. Kaufman is proud to announce his forth-coming book, The Musician’s Book of Five Rings – Samurai Strategies of Miyamoto Musashi for Excellence and Ascension of Performance. Stay tuned for more info and final book cover. Tentative publishing date is in the month of September. For more info on the book, visit: https://samuraimusician.weebly.com/ For […]

Book of Five Rings Explained by Hanshi Kaufman – Part 4

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Book of Five Rings Explained by Hanshi Kaufman – Part 3

Lesson 3 from Musashi’s Book of Five Rings by Hanshi Stephen Kaufman For more info on Hanshi Stephen Kaufman, visit http://www.hanshi.com

A Philosophical Query

When you do something and it has no ‘music’ it is incomplete.  ©sfk The following is from a recent round table discussion concerning the above statement. Scott Lund – If you play music and no one hears it, have you done something? Hanshi Kaufman – Definitely. The Creative Power of the Universe and the person […]

Hanshi Warrior Press Books for the Holidays

Sales ARE brisk. Get your orders in now in time for holiday delivery.The holidays will be here before you realize it. I usually run out of stock by the second week of December so act now in time for Christmas – Hanukah – Kwanzaa – Festivus Autographed copies here http://www.hanshi.com/books Available at Amazon and Kindle […]