Kyudo: The Way of the Bow

with Toby Bernal

July 20th—July 21st

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  • $100 Program Price
  • $125 Patron Price
  • Pay what you can afford (enter amount in registration)

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 Sendai XX

Through Kyudo one can learn to live beyond hope and fear, how to be. 

– Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Seattle Shambhala Center is grateful to host senior teacher, Alexander T. Bernal, with assistance from Dr. Claudelle Glasgow, in conducting an introductory program of Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, one of the oldest arts of the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship. A standing form of meditation, "Kyudo is unlike sport archery in that hitting the target counts for little. In Kyudo, the target serves only as a mirror of one's mind. With this practice the aim is to synchronize body and awareness in the present moment, and thus purify the heart and mind. The result is confidence and the natural dignity of being human, beyond the obstacles of ambition, aggression or confusion."

Toby Bernal, Senpai, and Claudelle Glasgow are practitioners of the kyudo school, Heki-ryu Bishu Chikurin-ha, that was brought to North America in 1980 by Kanjuro Shibata Sendai XX (1921-2013) at the request of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Kanjuro Shibata XXI, who resides in Kyoto, is the head of the Chikurin-ha branch of the Heki-ryu school. 

The weekend training will teach participants the style and technique of kyudo and how to apply the principles of kyudo to our everyday life. This program is primarily for adults and open to those who are 16 years and older.

Those attending the weekend program are encouraged to attend the kyudo presentation and demonstration on Friday night, July 19th.

8 AM-8:30 Breakfast
9AM Begin
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-4PM Practice (Saturday) /1:30-3PM Practice (Sunday)
4-4:30 Close (Saturday) /3PM -3:30 Close (Sunday

Prerequisites: None.

Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.

Contact? For more information please contact Robin Willett [email protected] or Linda Murphy [email protected].