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The Musician’s Book of Five Rings – Goals

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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 still holds water. Your comments appreciated and any question will be gladly and honestly addressed. It is based on my teachings of Self-Revealization Acceptance®.

A student asked the following, and I thought it would be of interest to those of you who think along the same lines.

First, the question:

Hanshi, please explain to us if the power of the dybbuk and the qui are from beyond this Universe. If so, is the source also outside this Universe? Is the source the same for all the galaxies? I assume (hate to “assume” anything) that you are thinking of “ki” and “ch’i,” or perhaps a malevolent spirit.

My response:

Before I address your question, let me begin with a statement. If I am to teach you how the universe works and what the original intention of creation is…not was…acknowledge the answer that I will present as a possibility.

The reason for the creation of the universe is moot in that it is meaningless to try to determine what may be or may have been in the Creative Power of the Universe or as an aspect of it. Note first that I do not mention Creative Power of the Universe’s mind or any restrictive notion that would suggest any compromising consideration that would further suggest any reason behind the concept of creation. This is all irrespective of scientific research and other man-construed reasons for trying to figure out what all of this is about along with the assumption that it has any bearing on anything at all.

It is also curious to me that many sincere masters misconstrue the meaning of Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, by insisting that the Book of the Void be called “ku,” nothing, relative to “mu,” no-thing. This alone causes considerable difficulty in trying to teach the concept of creation, and this is where the thrust of all confusion emanates from. “Ku” is incorrect, because nothing is still something by definition and, therefore, has a presumed identity that is not acceptable to this enlightened mind. If anything is presumed to have an origination ex nihilo (something out of nothing), it is essential that a seeker after such knowledge take into consideration universal enigma and personal ego. How do I know this? I know it, having realized the significance of the concept of no-thing.

It all begins with the misguided notion of control. What do you think you mean by “beyond this universe?” You also talk about galaxies as if they are separate entities that may possibly contain forms beyond our own limited perspectives. Whether this is true or not it remains “hidden” (for lack of a better word) from what we consider to be extensions of our own intellect. This leads to the idea of religion that does nothing to enhance our understanding of anything as it may or may not be.

From the above parameters, it seems that the lack of ability for the human mind to discern origination is the causality of all the confusion and horror that the world experiences, hence, the invention of concepts that intelligent thought explains as the reasons for “things” that may essentially have no reason to exist outside of the common fear of the unknown.

I will not pick out any particular “ism” to poke fun at, or, for that matter, to celebrate as functional. Living a sedentary life is more in line with sanity than the fear that causes us to look for something that may not be there. And if it is, then it would have probably revealed itself by this time. As well, if this profound knowledge has not been revealed to even the most sublime, with the exception of the likes of Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Allah, whomever, perhaps it doesn’t exist, or, even more to the point…there is no point. But, so what! This leads us to the idea of “magic.” Most magic is illusion based on the sensory understanding of things that we assume can or cannot be and then becomes philosophical diversion, or rather distraction, from being at true inner peace with oneself. I have come to not enjoy witchcraft in any form of ritual to pervade my essence. They all presume to open a path to enlightenment that is a complete waste of time to pursue. Self-Revealization Acceptance cuts through the sophomoric hyperbole and demonstrates, for the individual, exact perfection based on thought and desire. You want to be enlightened and be able to do “parlor tricks? POOF! You’re enlightened and can now do “parlor tricks,” such as of walking on fiery coals, breaking sweats in the middle of a frozen pond, putting your hand through ten boards, etc. I am sure you get the idea. The same applies to wanting someone dead and making someone dead: two completely different things. I like to use the life and death paradigm, as it puts things in direct perspective.

Are we having fun yet? The idea here is that humans, in their utter lack of ability to come to terms with the tragedy of their own inconsequence, will always make up things in the attempt of thinking that they actually understand anything. This is also based on misunderstanding our own intellects caused by egotistical thinking. Dybbuks, golems, zombies, etal, are simply devices we use to try to explain what does not have to be explained. Ki, c’hi, soul, are devices we use to attain levels of consciousness we believe will empower us to perform amazing feats. Secret codes, mantras, mandalas, butterflies, peppermints, or whatever anyone would presume to be the “answer,” are silly. The reality is that the attitude of living in joy and freedom is overlooked for lack of sensibility and thinking, or worse, believing that someone else knows the answers to the questions that have no answers. As Buddha no doubt said, “Ain’t no thing. Stop playing with your petunias.”

You really want to know where it’s at? Study Self-Revealization Acceptance; it is the key to the universe. You asked…I answered.

Hanshi Stephen F Kaufman



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Correcting Misconceptions of Miyamoto Musashi’s Wisdom

Most people, regardless of their sincerity, miss the point of randomly strewn lessons from the master.

A major example is to “fight as if one is already dead.”

Fighting as if you are already dead is not the same as fighting with everything you have. Acknowledging the finality of all things as death is true; however, someone who does “fight as if they are already dead” does not appreciate the value of living a life filled with joy and compassion and carries a burden of continued frustration and anger.

Fight with the idea that the enemy is dead. By accepting that the enemy is dead, and you having trained accordingly, you are merely dispatching him, her, or it, with dignity and aplomb and not self-destructive egocentrism.

Fighting relates to who has the most determination to win. Musashi teaches fighting as the deliverance of another’s demise, simple and straight forward, and should not be based on who is faster or stronger but who is one with power and quickness, whence comes strength and speed. Think only in terms of destroying the target.

Aside from the above, consider General George Patton’s advice to his soldiers: “I don’t want my boys to die for their country. I want the other sons of bitches to die for theirs.”

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Hanshi Kaufman’s Ultimate Guide to Self-Defense: Carjacking Attacks

Carjacking has become a “modus operandi” for many street attacks. This is a very dangerous situation and you must use extreme discretion and “street smarts.” Make the determination as to the worth of your property relative to the worth of your life. In any event, basic precautions would include car keys being in hand as you approach the car, without having to fumble for them in a pocket or purse. Always observe the surrounding area before approaching the vehicle. If it is at night or a dimly lit area, park in a lighted area.

1 – If the door is open, you can use the door itself as a buffer between yourself and one of the attackers. Immediately slam the door into A1, screaming into his face. Turn and swipe the eyes of A2 with the keys. Try to get into the car and lock the doors.

2 – Kick the groin of A2 and follow up with an elbow under the jaw or side of the head. Step away from the car to prevent the door slamming back into you. Spit into A1’s face and instantly thrust fingers into the eyes. Get into the car, shut the door and lock it; start the car and drive away, over them if necessary. Keep your hand on the horn and do not let up until you get away. If you have a cell phone, immediately dial 911 and report an attempted rape or mugging in progress.

Realize that the scenarios you are training with are always subject to variation of any kind that may or may not happen in the manner you are training for. Don’t think in terms of what ifs. If you have a child with you and are approaching your car in a less than adequately lit area, call 911 and tell them you are being stalked or followed; you have a child with you and are frightened. This applies to men as well as women, young and old. Just do it and don’t think about it. A car will be dispatched and you will be escorted to your vehicle and allowed to get away unharmed. Do not consider this a bogus idea. It is valid and real.

It is important to hold keys correctly and that you fire with authority and resolve, striking to the eyes quickly and with authority. The harder you strike, the better it is for your protection.

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Napoleon Means Business

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Lessons from the Musician’s Book of Five Rings – Reaching into the Depths of Your Soul

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Lessons from The Musician’s Book of Five Rings – Improvisation

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Promo Video for The Musician’s Book of Five Rings


Author/Musician Steve Kaufman introduces his book, The Musician’s Book Of Five Rings and describes in detail the contents that are an invaluable resource of strategies based on Samurai philosophy to empower musician’s and composers to ascend to the highest level of performance and excellence of execution.


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Lessons from The Musician’s Book of Five Rings

The Musician’s Book of Five Rings

Samurai Strategies of Miyamoto Musashi for Excellence and Ascension of Performance

Nine Fundamental Strategic Precepts to Enhance Performance

There are nine fundamental precepts essential for the evolution and perfection of anyone wanting to accomplish anything of merit and long lasting worth. Know that practice and study are never completed. It is foolhardy to think in terms of having fulfilled all the requirements of study and no longer take into consideration the need for additional work and devotion. The “spirit of the thing itself” will do the same, and the artist will suffer. When warriors think they have learned all there is to learn about their particular weaponry, they, too, will find that the spirit of the tools they use has also departed. If you will to devote yourself to a specific discipline, then that discipline must be the totality of your life. If it is not, then you are merely a pretender, and although you may retain proficiency on certain levels, you cannot consider yourself to be worthy of attention to be derived from a muse.

1 – Always be sincere in your dealings with everyone and be aware of the need for the same with devotion to your art.

2 – The only way to ascend to greatness and to maintain it is with constant devotion and practice.

3 – Become familiar with every art you encounter. You will learn more about music when you examine the reality of other arts.

4 – Understand the “way” of other forms of expression to see more fully into your own, without prejudice.

5 – Know the difference between right and wrong, with all people. Do not succumb to seemingly false advantage by lack of discipline.

6 – Strive for inner judgment and understanding of all things.

7 – See what cannot be seen; hear what cannot be heard.

8 – Overlook nothing, regardless of seeming meaninglessness.

9 – Do not waste time idling with inconsequential trivialities, other than for relaxation

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Hanshi Kaufman Talks About the Musician’s Book of Five Rings

Link to my interview on Jimmy Jaguar Radio on 12/18/2018. Subject is The Musician’s Book of Five Rings. I spoke about inculcating the samurai mindset into a musician’s psyche and how it can empower a player’s ascension to the highest level of performance accomplishment by following the teachings in my version of Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, (still the best-selling version in the world). Beginning 30 seconds lost due to call being dropped, but the remainder is intact.


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Poem From “The Living Tao”

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The Musician’s Book of Five Rings Introduction – Part 3

The Musician’s Book of Five Rings

Samurai Strategies for Excellence of Performance

Introduction Part 3

The Book of Water explains how all things flow with a natural rhythm in appropriate space and time. Water fills all shapes regardless of other impositions as to its functionality. All things are eventually worn away by water—all things—and so you should think in terms of being able to wear away any impediments to your life and artistic development by not considering any form of impossibility or submitting to unreasonable fears that you may or may not self-impose. With correct determination, you will conquer any difficulty that presents itself, regardless of the form it represents. It is your consciousness that determines how you will ascend to mastery, and no amount of coercion from any source, positive or negative, will empower you to do this without your ardent desire to do it for yourself and for the art you practice. Reality is mostly intuitive, and the more you apply yourself to the acceptance of your own greatness, your greatness will empower itself in you, as you, and through you in all aspects of your life experiences.

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