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Cultivating Mindfulness Through The Practice Of Iaidō
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, School Based Research, Social Studies and Didactics.
2017 (English)In: Contemporary Buddhism, ISSN 1463-9947, E-ISSN 1476-7953, Vol. 18, no 1, 37-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Iaidō is a Japanese swordsmanship art that teaches the practitioner, iaidokan, a series of sword techniques known as kata. The number, and severity of [sword] techniques increases as the practitioner achieves higher grades (kyu and dan). To understand and conduct the [spiritual] core of iaidō, the iaidoka must learn how to be attentive and bodily and mindfully present when carrying out these [sword] techniques. In this respect, mindfulness training could be of great help by enhancing the ability of the iaidokan skills in this regard. Additionally, mindfulness training may be used to teach the practitioner of iaidō how to develop a being-mode. This article discusses, from both an outside-in perspective, as academic researcher and an inside-out perspective as a mindfulness and iaidō practitioner, the meaning of iaidō in terms of attention, [mindfulness] meditation and a being-mode. This discussion may prepare the way for a new and inspiring understanding of Asian spiritual practices in a Western guise.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 18, no 1, 37-46 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35220DOI: 10.1080/14639947.2017.1297343ISI: 000400328600004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85014552633OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-35220DiVA: diva2:1083209
Available from: 2017-03-20 Created: 2017-03-20 Last updated: 2017-05-18Bibliographically approved

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