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Statue of Fudō Myōō (Acala), guardian deity

Fudōshin (Japanese: 不動心) is a state of equanimity or imperturbability (literally and metaphorically, "immovable mind",[1] "immovable heart"[2] or "unmoving heart"). It is a philosophical or mental dimension to Japanese martial arts which contributes to the effectiveness of the advanced practitioner.

Fudō Myōō is found in Shingon Buddhism as a guardian deity, (and patron of martial arts) who is portrayed as carrying a sword in his right hand (to cut through delusions and ignorance) and a rope in his left (to bind "evil forces" and violent or uncontrolled passions and emotions). Despite a fearsome appearance, his attributes of benevolence and servitude to living beings are symbolized by a hairstyle associated with the servant class.

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  1. ^ Davey, H.E. (2006). Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation Berkeley, USA. ISBN 1-880656-60-4.
  2. ^ KATEIGAHO International Edition (KIE), JAPAN'S ARTS & CULTURE, 2008 WINTER ISSUE VOL. 18, Mastering Budo, pages 70 - 73 Archived 2008-02-02 at the Wayback Machine