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The Double-Bladed Axe

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The Double-Bladed Axe

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Large Double Axe Award

This award will be given at the Grand Nationals every year.    
Group photo taken at the 1999 Grand Nationals

 The color white stands for purity. The color black stands for strength. The eight sides represent the "Eight-Fold Path":

  1. Right Understanding
  2. Right Thoughts
  3. Right Speech
  4. Right Conduct
  5. Right Occupation
  6. Right Efforts
  7. Right Mindfulness
  8. Right Meditation

These eight precepts encircle the axe itself, which has four sides, representing the "Four Noble Truths":

  1. There are sufferings in life
  2. Sufferings are caused by ignorance
  3. Suffering ceases when one overcomes ignorance
  4. The way, or path, to overcome the causes of ignorance is the "Eight-Fold Path"

The axe is double-bladed, representing the direction of these tenets toward oneself (hinayan) and for the benefit of others (mahyan).

The 55 people to whom this award has been presented are:

1. William Foster (Rev.) 2. James McLain 3. Clarence Wilson
4. Anthony Zvirbllis (Dr.) 5. Robert Moore 6. Glenn Keeney
7. Melvin Wise (Dr.) 8. Larry Davenport 9. James Horne
10. Steve Anderson 11. Michael Awad 12. Rick Hall
13. Parker Shelton 14. Donald Sonney 15. Curtis Jones
16. H. Eugene Talbott 7/94 17. Thomas Awad 7/94 18. Robert Yarnall 7/95
19. John Hutchcroft 6/97 20. 21. Joseph Fyock 6/97
22. Dave Hamann 6/97 23. Ron Rollins 6/97 24. Fred McKinley 6/97
25. Kevin Chalfant 6/97 26. James Duffy 6/97 27. Ray Bloom 7/98
28. Richard Awad 7/99 29. Patrick Beaumont 7/99 30. David Schielein 7/99
31. John Manley 7/99 32. Ross Scott 7/99 33. Guy Holtzman 10/03
34. William Vecchiolli 5/04 35. Mark Shear 6/04 36. Clark Wade, Sr. 6/04
37. 38. Wilford Lowther 6/05 39. James Price 6/07
40. Patti Staton 11/10 41. Gary Pullen 11/10 42. Carl Harr 11/10
43. Lucky Phillips 11/10 44. Jay Goldstein 11/10 45. Randy Lloyd 11/10
46. Roger Shafer 11/10 47. William Bowling 4/12 48. Stephen Van Camp 6/12
49. John V. Ryan 6/13 50. Judith Catlow 6/13 51. Thomas Campbell (Dr.) 6/13
52. Michael Shear (Dr.) 8/14 53. Joseph Palmer 6/16 54. Gary Walker 6/16
55. Marc Klass 6/16 56. William Cullen 6/16 57. Ann Bui 6/16

These people are the only ones who can award the small 1 " duplicate emblem to their personal students.

 

 
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