When Buddhists Attack: The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts

When Buddhists Attack: The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts

Jeffrey K. Mann


Uncover the ancient fact approximately Buddhist warrior clergymen with this informative and enlightening book.

Film, tv and renowned fiction have lengthy exploited clone of the serene Buddhist monk who's grasp of the lethal craft of hand-to-hand wrestle. whereas those media overly romanticize the connection among a philosophy of non-violence and the paintings of combating, When Buddhists assault: The Curious dating among Zen and the Martial Arts indicates this hyperlink to be however actual, even natural.

Exploring the origins of Buddhism and the ethos of the japanese samurai, collage professor and martial arts practitioner Jeffrey Mann strains the shut connection among the Buddhist approach of compassion and how of the warrior. This zen booklet serves as a uncomplicated creation to the heritage, philosophy, and present perform of Zen because it pertains to the japanese martial arts. It examines the weather of Zen that experience discovered a spot in budo—the martial way—such as zazen, mushin, zanshin and fudoshin, then is going directly to speak about the ethics and perform of budo as smooth recreation.

Offering insights into how characteristics critical to the genuine martial artist are interwoven with this old non secular philosophy, this Buddhism publication might help practitioners reconnect to an real religious self-discipline of the martial arts.

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