The Dragon Mask

Since its inclusion on the Olympic programme in 1964, judo has become so much part of the international sports programme that it is only too easy to forget that it had its origins in a very different tradition- the honoured Japanese tradition of Do or The Way.When Jigoro Kano reformulated his system from its ju-jitsu …

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Fingers and Moons

Stories, parables, and examples have been a favour­ed way of conveying spiritual insights and truths since time immemorial, and Trevor Leggett was a master at it. He had the knack of pointing out the spiritual implications of practical events which people can relate to. The Old Zen Master contains stories based on Buddhism with references …

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The Old Zen Master

Stories, parables, and examples have been a favour­ed way of conveying spiritual insights and truths since time immemorial, and Trevor Leggett was a master at it. He had the knack of pointing out the spiritual implications of practical events which people can relate to. The Old Zen Master contains stories based on Buddhism with references …

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Zen and the Ways

Expression of Zen inspiration in everyday activities such as writing or serving tea, and in knightly arts such as fencing, came to be highly regarded in Japanese tradition. In the end, some of them were practiced as spiritual training in themselves; they were then called “Ways.” This book includes translations of some rare texts on …

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Three Ages of Zen

The translations in this text illustrate three phases of Zen in Japan: Warrior Zen of crisis, when Japan faced and repulsed Kublai Khan’s naval attacks in the thirteenth century; feudal Zen for officials in the 250 largely peaceful years up to the Western naval attacks in the mid-eighteenth century; and twentieth-century Zen, before, through, and …

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A First Zen Reader

When Zen Buddhism crossed from China to Japan in the twelfth century, it entered a phase of development that was not only to inspire a magnificent range of artistic achievement but also to exert a tremendous influence upon Japanese life itself and, eventually, to bring to the attention of the West a religious philosophy both …

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How Dr. Hari Prasad Shastri prepared to set out on his momentous spiritual mission

Those who are familiar with Dr Hari Prasad Shastri’s writings will know that there were three dominant spiritual figures who inspired and guided his steps in his early life. First and foremost, of course, there was, Shri Dada. But hardly less influential were those two other great spiritual luminaries, Paramahansa Swami Rama Tirtha and Swami …

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