When Buddhists Attack

When Buddhists Attack

The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Rutland, VT : Tuttle Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9784805312308
4805312300
Characteristics: 224 p. ; 20 cm.

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unbalancedbutfair Apr 27, 2013

This book is not written by a pre-eminent expert on zen. Or on Martial Arts. Or on Japan. No.This book was written by a man with a deep understanding of all three, which is just what this subject calls for, an expert in just one of these three would not be able to give an adequate answer. Someone learned in all three is required-even if he falls short of being an expert any one area. I learned a lot in surprisingly few pages, and have also been shown some of my ignorance. If the title intrigues you you should read the book. If it doesn't, you shouldn't. It is thoughtfully explored and explained.

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