ABSTRACT: For years it has to be said that if one wants to understand Gorin no Sho, one must also understand the Buddhist Sutras. Without this, it is impossible to understand the real meaning of Gorin no Sho and the mind of Musashi. Both Gorin no Sho and the Buddhist Sutras are indispensable to Hyoho Budo.
My first teacher of the Niten Ichiryu (Two Heavens as one School) was the eighth head and was an expert on Buddhist Sutras. My second teacher the ninth head Tadanao Kiyonaga was a monk who was authorised to teach Sodo Sect Buddhism. After Kiyonaga Sensei passed away I succeeded to become the tenth head of Niten Ichiryu. At that time I had greatly hoped to enter into Buddhism. I met Iwao Hosokawa. From him I learned about Tanni Sho (Notes Lamenting Differences) written by Shinran Shonin. Forty eight years have now passed by. I have now gradually come to understand the real meaning of Gorin no Sho that heads Aoki and Kiyonaga had tried to explain to me.
Even to this day it is possible to establish a Ha with the sanction of the present Soke of a ryu. But it would be have no use unless close contact can be kept with future successors. Because Musashi clearly handed down his Hyoho on the condition that it should stay as it is with no adaptation. The ultimate purpose like any other ryu is to try and bring people together not break and fragment the line. A ha is a "ha", a lineage a "lineage". So for obvious reasons they are not mentioned here on a chart. However they could be seen published elsewhere by people trying to establish links and add authenticity or relevance to a particular Genbudo. Most of all the ryu is "Living tradition". The only way to find anything about it in detail is to join and practice it rather than mere supposition from reading books.
© Hyakutake-Watkin 1996