Great mentors and teachers ❤️

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‘Better than a thousand days of study is one day with a great teacher.’ ~ Japanese Proverb

This post is dedicated to the loving memory of Sigung Richard Bustillo who passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning

I’ve been fortunate enough in my life to have been blessed with some really great teachers, ones who’ve not only taught me how to improve my external world but often more importantly my inner world.

I treasure every single teacher and mentor I have and have ever had because I recognise the value that they bring to my life. In how they have helped me see things differently and achieve things I may never have otherwise achieved

Without great teachers we can never grow to become the person we really want to be and understand things we may have never otherwise understood.

The value of great teachers can really be underestimated and all of us can benefit from a great teacher because we are always learning.

As the Japanese proverb states even just one day spent with a great teacher can be immensely powerful.

I’d like to dedicate this post to loving memory of one great teacher, Sigung Richard Bustillo a teacher who I spent a truly valuable weekend training with last year.

Richard Bustillo was a student and personal friend of Bruce Lee and also a teacher of Bruce Lee’s own art of Jeet Kune Do.

To be able to train with Richard Bustillo last year was a true gift and a time I will never forget; his spirit, energy and teachings inspired me greatly. I will always remember those treasured days in 2016 and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to be taught by him.

RIP Richard Bustillo ❤️

Tribute to Nelson Mandela (extracts from essay by Daisaku Ikeda)

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A victory of hope over despair, of shared humanity over hatred, and of justice over inequality… these are my thoughts reflecting on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who passed away this evening. My admiration for Mandela comes mostly from reading essays by Daisaku Ikeda, leader of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist movement that I belong to.

Mandela heard about Ikeda’s humanistic writings while in prison and after his release requested a meeting with him during a visit to Japan. Here are some extracts from an essay written by Daisaku Ikeda, reflecting on the two dialogues he had with South Africa’s first black President:

Nelson Mandela & Daisaku Ikeda

“There is something very special about Nelson Mandela’s smile. It is honest and pure, full of gentle composure. There isn’t a single line on his face that would suggest anything cold and harsh. And yet it embodies the conviction and strength of character of a man who has…

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