Satori is the word given to the Zen occurrence, though achieving a moment of emptiness that ushers in knowledge cannot be given a name as it defeats the process (goal) of Zen. Alas, in Western form of communication we are often in need of names, labels, and categories to organize our minds (wrap our brains) around complex and necessarily ambiguous concepts.
How does one achieve satori? The emptiness of meaning that allows for a profound experience to take place. It is said by the “masters” that a steady dose of concentration on seemingly mundane yet instrumental exercises that involve mind-body-spirit to work in an integrative manner will pave the way for satori to occur. And when it does, one knows it. When we experience oneness, which is always there and we are simply not aware of it with regularity, we reach emptiness. Different ways of life can bring this about. For me it is mostly Karate that gives me the training to be able to arrive at satori moments. In other words, Karate helps me be connected in my intellectual activities, and leisure. Karate brings balance and emptiness–satori.