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Zen in the Martial Arts

Author: Joe Hyams

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307755509

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action."--Samurai Maximum. Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee, Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than 25 years of experience in the martial arts. In his illuminating story, Hyams reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems-self-image, work pressure, competition. Indeed, mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your life-enriching your relationships with people, as well as helping you make use of all your abilities.

Zen in the Martial Arts

Author: Joe Hyams

Publisher: Bantam Books

ISBN: 0553275593

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

View: 6292

"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action."-- "Samurai Maximum." Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee, Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than 25 years of experience in the martial arts. In his illuminating story, Hyam reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems-self-image, work pressure, competition. Indeed, mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your life-enriching your relationships with people, as well as helping you make use of all your abilities. "If one of your goals is to live with maximum zest and minimum stress, read "Zen In The Martial Arts." The great beauty of the book is that as Hyams' mind receives enlightenment, so does our."-- "Playboy."

Zen in the Martial Arts

Author: Joe Hyams

Publisher: Bantam Books

ISBN: 0553275593

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

View: 9291

"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action."-- "Samurai Maximum." Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee, Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than 25 years of experience in the martial arts. In his illuminating story, Hyam reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems-self-image, work pressure, competition. Indeed, mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your life-enriching your relationships with people, as well as helping you make use of all your abilities. "If one of your goals is to live with maximum zest and minimum stress, read "Zen In The Martial Arts." The great beauty of the book is that as Hyams' mind receives enlightenment, so does our."-- "Playboy."

Be Like Water

Practical Wisdom from the Martial Arts

Author: Joseph Cardillo

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 0446554626

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 176

View: 7864

This entertaining and enlightening guide reveals the philosophy behind the martial arts techniques that lead to a creative and fulfilled life.

The Zen Way to the Martial Arts

Author: Taisen Deshimaru

Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

ISBN: 9780140193442

Category: Philosophy

Page: 120

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At last: a book on the martial arts from a true Zen master. Taisen Deshimaru was born in Japan of an old samurai family, and he recieved from the Great Master Kodo Sawaki the Transmission of Mind to Mind when Sawaki died. In 1967, Deshimaru-Roshi went to France and taught as a missionary general of the Sato Zen School until his death in 1982. In Europe he learned how to make Oriental concepts understandable to the Western mind. One of the results of that experience was this book: a series of lessons, question-and-answer sessions, and koans (riddles or anecdotes that point out general principles) that provide practical wisdom for all students of the martial arts--kendo, aikido, iai-do, jodo, or archery--as well as for the general reader interested in Zen.

When Buddhists Attack

The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts

Author: Jeffrey Mann

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462910483

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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Uncover the historical truth about Buddhist warrior monks with this informative and enlightening book. Film, television and popular fiction have long exploited the image of the serene Buddhist monk who is master of the deadly craft of hand-to-hand combat. While these media overly romanticize the relationship between a philosophy of non-violence and the art of fighting, When Buddhists Attack: The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts shows this link to be nevertheless real, even natural. Exploring the origins of Buddhism and the ethos of the Japanese samurai, university professor and martial arts practitioner Jeffrey Mann traces the close connection between the Buddhist way of compassion and the way of the warrior. This zen book serves as a basic introduction to the history, philosophy, and current practice of Zen as it relates to the Japanese martial arts. It examines the elements of Zen that have found a place in budo—the martial way—such as zazen, mushin, zanshin and fudoshin, then goes on to discuss the ethics and practice of budo as modern sport. Offering insights into how qualities integral to the true martial artist are interwoven with this ancient religious philosophy, this Buddhism book will help practitioners reconnect to an authentic spiritual discipline of the martial arts.

Barefoot Zen

The Shaolin roots of Kung Fu and Karate

Author: Nathan Johnson

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 1609253965

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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Most books about Kung Fu or Karate deal with techniques or history. Few examine the underlying purpose of these arts, or approach them as a tool for spiritual, rather than physical, development. Barefoot Zen is a brave new approach to the martial arts, which clearly demonstrates that the traditional movements of both Kung Fu and Karate, contained in the solo choreographed sequences of movements known as forms (or kata), grew out of the spiritual practices of the Shaolin order of Buddhist monks and nuns. Nathan Johnson explains that this mystical and non-violent teaching is a profound and beautiful expression of Chan (Zen) Buddhism and its pur-suit of wisdom, peace, and enlightenment. Contrary to popular assumption, he contends that it was never intended to be an actual means of self-defense. Barefoot Zen bridges the gap between Kung Fu and Karate, and reveals their common origin through the disclosure of vital research material on three of the world's most important Karate kata. Part I explains the spiritual disciplines that contributed to what we know as the martial arts. Part II explains the creation of the art along with practical instruction for performing kata. Part III explains the formation of many of the world's Kung Fu styles. We learn that the original "empty hand art" was used as a method of kinetic meditation between pairs and was designed as a practical tool to assist practitioners in transcending the fear and insecurity of everyday living. Barefoot Zen makes the legacy of the Shaolin way accessible to all, releasing the art from the clutches of popular images and painful concerns about self-defense. The legendary courage of the Shaolin (Chan/Zen) order was not developed by fighting with enemies, but by not fighting! The Shaolin teaching was designed to free us from fear, the only true enemy.

Moving Zen

Karate As a Way to Gentleness

Author: C.W. Nicol

Publisher: Paul H. Crompton

ISBN: 9780901764515

Category:

Page: 151

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A classic story of one man's confrontation with the self through Karate. In 1962 at age twenty-two, C. W. Nicol left Wales to study Karate in Japan. He quickly found that the study of the martial art engaged his whole being and transformed his outlook on life. Moving Zen is the multifaceted story of a young man who arrived in Japan to study the technique of, and spirit behind, Karate. Joining the Japan Karate Association, or Shotokan, Nicol discovered that Karate, while extremely violent, also called for politeness and a sense of mutual trust and responsibility. He learned that the stronger the Karateka, the more inclined he was to be gentle with others. Those who have gained a measure of skill but have not yet achieved spiritual maturity are the dangerous practitioners. Studying kata, Nicol came to realize that these forms are, in essence, moving Zen and that the ultimate goal of all the martial arts is tranquility. Through the help of many gifted teachers, C. W. Nicol gained his black belt, and moved progressively closer to his goal of tranquility. His story, Moving Zen, was first published in 1975 and has achieved the status of a modern classic.

Kodo Ancient Ways

Author: Kensho Furuya

Publisher: Black Belt Communications

ISBN: 9780897501361

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 223

View: 8218

A compilation of columns that appeared between 1988 and 1995 in Martial Arts Training magazine. In this ever-changing world, traditions are often being cast aside as people search for novelty and progress. The 41 essays in this book are inspired by the teachings and wisdom of the ancients who devoted their lives to instruct others. Their ideas are preserved in this volume to inspire and guide readers in training and in life for years to come.

Living the Martial Way

A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think

Author: Forrest E. Morgan

Publisher: Barricade Books Incorporated

ISBN: 9780942637762

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 312

View: 9007

A step-by-step approach to applying the Japanese warrior's mind-set to martial training and daily life. It combines a knowledge of fighting with an exploration of the culture of the warrior. Morgan carefully guides the reader from The Way of Training, through The Way of Honour to The Way of Living, constantly finding applications both inside and outside martial arts.

Zen in the Art of Archery

Author: Eugen Herrigel

Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)

ISBN: 9780140190748

Category: Archery

Page: 107

View: 2145

The path to achieving Zen (a balance between the body and the mind) is brilliantly explained by Professor Eugen Herrigel in this timeless account. This book is the result of the author's six year quest to learn archery in the hands of Japanese Zen masters. It is an honest account of one man's journey to complete abandonment of 'the self' and the Western principles that we use to define ourselves. Professor Herrigel imparts knowledge from his experiences and guides the reader through physical and spiritual lessons in a clear and insightful way. Mastering archery is not the key to achieving Zen, and this is not a practical guide to archery. It is more a guide to Zen principles and learning and perfect for practitioners and non-practitioners alike.

Zen in the Art of Rhetoric

An Inquiry into Coherence

Author: Mark Lawrence McPhail

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791428030

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

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Explores relationships between classical and contemporary approaches to rhetoric and their connection to the underlying assumptions at work in Zen Buddhism.

Zen Shaolin Karate

The complete Practice, Philosophy and History

Author: Nathan Johnson

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462904343

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 8219

"Nathan Johnson has captured the essence of true karate-do." —Paul Clifton, Editor, Combat and Traditional Karate Kata, the "present movements forming the backbone of all Karate styles", have been a source of endless confusion for the vast majority of karate students. Nathan Johnson, third degree black belt in Karate and fourth degree black belt in Kung fu, gives the reader an ultimate interpretation of how Kata is applied to those Karate forms in this readable martial arts guide. In Zen Shaolin Karate, Johnson explains and illustrates in precise detail every subtle movement of two of karate's most common Kata, and provides historical testimony for his explanations by integrating his findings with Zen philosophy. The author's unique interpretations of the Nai Fuan Chin and Saam Chin Kata will destroy the barriers separating Karate, Kung Fu, and Aikido, and will revolutionize how Kata are applied in all martial arts styles.

Zanshin

Meditation and the Mind in Modern Martial Arts

Author: Vince Morris

Publisher: Red Wheel

ISBN: 9780877287568

Category: Martial arts

Page: 93

View: 4341

Karate sensei Morris discusses how to create harmony between mind and boyd, and the importance of utilizing the mind to improve the technical side of martial arts. Describes various types of meditation and how to combine them with physical expercise.

Esoteric Martial Arts of Zen: Training Methods from the Patriarch

Author: Edward Orem

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1304990117

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 70

View: 6421

This book addresses how to explore, generate and control energies not usually available to humans. 190 photographs and step-by-step instruction in two of the most influential and powerful training systems ever handed down: Shipalohanshou/18 Methods of the Enlightened Ones and Yijinjing/Muscle-Sinew Changing. It offers integrated training for those who wish to do the work of improving cerebral functions, coming to full understanding of the human experience, and maintaining multi-level health. It is based on the training methods from ancient India and China, as experienced by the founder of Chan/Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma (Tamo) as he grew into adulthood and spiritual maturity. The Patriarch of Zen was considered a dangerous rebel by the status quo, and for good reason: his approach to human development rejected authority outside of oneself, including scripture and officials. Officials/Intellectuals within the Buddhist hierarchy have always had a hard time with Tamo's methods of direct pointing.

In the Dojo

A Guide to the Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts

Author: Dave Lowry

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834824362

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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Beginning students in Japanese martial arts, such as karate, judo, aikido, iaido, kyudo, and kendo, learn that when they are in the dojo (the practice space), they must don their practice garb with ritual precision, address their teacher and senior students in a specific way, and follow certain unwritten but deeply held codes of behavior. But very soon they begin to wonder about the meaning behind the traditions, gear, and relationships in the dojo. In this collection of lively, detailed essays, Dave Lowry, one of the most well-known and respected swordsmen in the United States, illuminates the history and meaning behind the rituals, training costumes, objects, and relationships that have such profound significance in Japanese martial arts, including • the dojo space itself • the teacher-student relationship • the act of bowing • what to expect—and what will be expected of you—when you visit a dojo • the training weapons • the hakama (ceremonial skirt) and dogi (practice uniform) • the Shinto shrine Authoritative, insightful, and packed with fascinating stories from his own experience, In the Dojo provides a wealth of information that beginning students will pore over and advanced students will treasure.

Rhinoceros Zen

Zen Martial Arts and the Path to Freedom

Author: Jeffrey M. Brooks,Tarleton Reynolds Brooks

Publisher: Fighting Arts.Com

ISBN: 9780976647409

Category: Religion

Page: 300

View: 8287

An unforgettable account of how one man discovers the twin worlds of the martial arts and Buddhist practice.

The Secret Power Within

Zen Solutions to Real Problems

Author: Chuck Norris

Publisher: Broadway

ISBN: 9780553069082

Category: Philosophy

Page: 185

View: 7039

Chuck Norris explains his beliefs about Zen and everyday life, describing his acting career and martial arts training and sharing his Zen-based philosophies regarding stress, overcoming failure, achieving self-confidence, and becoming spiritually rich. Reprint.

Zen and the Way of the Sword

Arming the Samurai Psyche

Author: Winston L. King

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195092615

Category: Medical

Page: 288

View: 2426

Zen--serene, contemplative, a discipline of meditation associated with painting, rock gardens, and flower arranging--seems an odd ingredient in the martial psyche of the Japanese samurai. "One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind...the fact that he has to die," wrote a seventeenth-century warrior. "That is his chief business." But the demands of that "business," writes Winston King, found the perfect philosophical match in the teachings of Zen Buddhism. In Zen and the Way of the Sword, King offers a fascinating look into the mind of the samurai swordsman in a far-reaching account of the role of Zen in the thought, culture, and the martial arts of Japan's soldier elite. An esteemed scholar of Eastern religions, King deftly traces the development of Zen and discusses the personal nature of its practice, its emphasis on individual discovery and attainment. He then presents an accomplished capsule history of the samurai class, from its rise in the middle ages to formal abolition in the nineteenth century--an account filled with details of wars, political maneuvering, and cultural achievements. King also looks at the arms and vocation of the individual samurai, placing the details of armor and weapons in the context of the samurai conception of warfare. In particular, King focuses on the sword--the soul of the samurai, as it was called--describing how it was forged, the honor given famous swordsmiths, the rise of schools of swordsmanship, and breathtaking feats of the great swordsmen. Throughout, King shows how the samurai cultivated Zen, relating its teaching of a free and spontaneous mind to the experience of a warrior in individual combat, and finding philosophical strength in Zen as they prepared themselves for death. "What mind can penetrate his opponent's mind?" one authority has written. "It is a mind that has been trained and cultivated to the point of detachment with perfect freedom....His mind should reflect his opponent's mind like water reflecting the moon." In other words, a mind trained by Zen. King goes on to trace the role of Zen in samurai life through the peaceful eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, examining the absorption of Zen into World War II psychology and broader Japanese culture. Throughout, he provides a thoughtful perspective, both sympathetic and aware of the ethical problems inherent in a school of Buddhism turned to the needs of a military class. A scholarly, absorbing account, Zen and the Way of the Sword provides fascinating insight into the samurai ethos, and the culture of Japan today.

Martial Arts in the Modern World

Author: Joseph R. Svinth

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275981532

Category: Psychology

Page: 322

View: 819

Though generally perceived and advertised as means of self-defense, body sculpting, and self-discipline, martial arts are actually social tools that respond to altered physical, social, and psychological environments. This book examines how practitioners have responded to stimuli such as feminism, globalism, imperialism, militarism, nationalism, slavery, and the commercialization of sport.

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