Aikido Cork Open Centre
Aikido Cork Open Centre

Phone: 085-764 2423


Ten Benefits of Meditation - Five Reasons Why You Should Meditate Daily Four Scientific Proven Benefits of Meditation Hanmi Buddhism - Ancient Wisdom - Complete Meditation Practice - Benefits of Meditation - Wisdom

The Cork Open Centre is the Home
of the empowered
‘Abundant Peace Shrine’ 
and Meditation Centre

The Buddha taught his followers to recall and recite the 
Five Remembrances every day:
"- I am of the nature to grow old.  There is no way to escape growing old.
- I am of the nature to have ill health.  There is no way to escape having ill health.
- I am of the nature to die.  There is no way to escape death.
- All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change.
There is no way to escape being separated from them.
- My actions are my only true belongings.  I cannot escape the
consequences of my actions.  My actions are the ground upon which I stand."

Buddha was asked:
"What have you gained from meditation?"
He replied:
"Nothing! However, let me tell you what I have lost:
anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death."


 Ten Benefits of Meditation

  • Increased Focus
  • Reduced Anxiety
  • Increased Creativity
  • Reduced Stress
  • Increased Memory
  • Reduced Pain
  • Increased Compassion
  • Reduced Depression
  • Increased Productivity
  • Emotional Balance

 Five Reasons Why You Should Meditate Daily

  • Immensely Improve and Ease of Neuroplasticity
  • Improve Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Balance and Control
  • Reduces Stress
  • Increase Clarity of Thinking

Four Scientifically Proven Benefits of Meditation

  • Meditation Speeds Up Brain Processing Potential
  • Meditation Loosens Our Neural Pathways
  • Meditation Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease
  • Meditation Can Improve Memory Recall

Hanmi Buddhism

The Chinese Mystery School was the result of the three great founders assimilating the essence of Confucianism and Taoism, which they evolved into a set of spiritual exercises.  In this way it contains Buddhistic  teaching while conforming to the needs of the people.  This is Hanmi Buddhism.  It uses visualization to go from the ordinary state into the higher state.  The union of the three mysteries consists of the hands forming a mudra, the mouth chanting a mantra in silence, and the mind visualizing.   All three must be carried out simultaneously.

A Complete Meditation Practice

  • A Human is made up of Mind Body and Speech! 
  • So it makes sense that a complete meditation practice would encompass all these 3 aspects. 
  • We do this by using Mudra, Mantra and Visualisation to enable the mind to enter it’s natural state.


Mudra, Mantra & Visualisation

Mudra:  is a simple hand position or body gesture.

Mantra:   is a series of words chanted silently.

Visualisation:  A series of thoughts.


How it Works

Think of the Internet.  It is a vast depository of knowledge.  But to access it you need a modem, account and password.  Mudra, Mantra and visualisation works in a similar way, allowing one to access the healing wisdom that is within everyone.

The Benefits of Meditation

Studies have shown that meditating regularly can help relieve symptoms in people who suffer from chronic pain, but the neural mechanisms underlying the relief were unclear. Now, MIT and Harvard researchers have found a possible explanation for this phenomenon.

In a study published online in the journal Brain Research Bulletin, the researchers found that people trained to meditate over an eight-week period were better able to control a specific type of brain waves called alpha rhythms. "These activity patters are thoughts to minimise distractions, to diminish the likelihood stimuli will grab your attention," says Christopher Moore, an MIT neuroscientist and senior author of the paper.  "Our data indicate that meditation training makes you better at focusing, in part by allowing you to better regulate how things that arise will impact you."

There are several different types of brain waves that help regulate the flow of information between brain cells, similar to the way that radio stations broadcast at specific frequencies.  Alpha waves, the focus of this study, flow through cells into the brain's cortex, where sensory information is processed.  The alpha waves help suppress irrelevant or distracting sensory information

"Don't try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist;
use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are."
- Dalai Lama

is not just for relaxation;
it's primary purpose is to develop the capacity
to respond skilfully and gracefully
to life's difficulties as well as it's joys."
- Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche

"Watch your thoughts: They become words.
Watch your words; They become actions.
Watch your actions; They become habits.
Watch your habits; They become character.
Watch your character; It becomes your destiny."
- Lao Tzu

"As a Samurai, I must strengthen my character.
As a Human Being, I must perfect my spirit."
- Yamaoka Tesshu, Samurai of the Bakumatsu period

"Always aim at complete harmony
of thought, work and deed."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"Meditation is the discovery that the point of life
is always arrived at in the immediate moment."
- Alan Watts

"The moment one gives close attention to anything,
even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious,
awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
- Henry Miller

"If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.'
- Lao Tzu

"You have an appointment with life,
an appointment that is in the here and now."
- Thich Nhat Hanh

"I would like to offer you something,
but in Zen, we have nothing at all."
- Ikkyu Sojun

"You are never more essentially, more deeply,
yourself than when you are still."
- Echhart Tolle

"Be happy for no reason, like a child.  If you are
happy for a reason, you're in trouble, because that
reason can be taken from you."
- Deepak Chopra

"Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place
where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things and
still be calm in your heart."
- Unknown

"`Meditation is a jump beyond life.  It is not getting
out of life, it is getting to the very centre of life."
- Osho





Technical Director Aikido:
Philippe Gouttard Sensei, Shihan (7th Dan)
Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan

Chief Instructor and Dojo-cho:
Detlef Decker Sensei, 5th Dan
Aikikai Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, Japan

The Cork Open Centre is a holistic learning Centre offering affordable ongoing evening classes, full-day and weekend workshops, and advanced training in Aikido, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Hanmi Buddhism and Reiki.

Budo by Hiroshi Ikeda

Budo by Hiroshi Ikeda

The Cork Open Centre admits students of any race, colour, age, gender, and sexual preference to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities that are available to all members. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in our educational and admissions policies. Minimum age requirement for attending Aikido classes is 16 years and for T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Chi Kung (Qigong) classes is 18 years of age. 



Ai - Love by Hiroshi Ikeda


"The Art of Peace"

Study how water flows in a valley
stream, smoothly and freely
between the rocks. Also learn from
holy books and wise people.
Everything - even mountains,
rivers, plants and trees -
should be your teacher.


Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

T'ai Chi Ch'uan 
"The Supreme Ultimate"

Knowing others is intelligence,
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength,
Mastering yourself is true power.




At least for today: 

Don't get angry.
Don't be grievous.
Express your thanks.
Be diligent in your business.
Be kind to others. 

For improvement of mind and body.
Usui Reiki Ryoho.

The Founder
Mikao Usui 


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