Edited by John Stevens
- Shambhala Publications11/01/2002Pages: 128Size: 5.5 x 8.5ISBN: 9781570629150Details
This book is also included in our Reader's Guide on The Samurai and Zen where you will find other important Zen classics.
In budo—which can be translated as "the way of brave and enlightened activity"—martial arts and spirituality merge at the highest level of skill. Budo Secrets contains the essential teachings of budo's greatest masters of Kendo, Karate, Judo, Aikido, and other disciplines. Timely and instructive, these writings are not just for martial artists—they're for anyone who wants to live life more courageously, with a greater sense of personal confidence and self-control, and with a deeper understanding of others.
John Stevens has gathered an eclectic and historically rich collection of teachings that include principles and practice guidelines from training manuals and transmission scrolls, excerpts of texts on budo philosophy, and instructional tales gathered from a number of sources. Since many of the martial arts masters were also fine painters and calligraphers and used brush and ink as a teaching medium, Stevens has included their artwork throughout with explanation and commentary.RelatedCheck items to add to the cart orAuthor BioJOHN STEVENS is a Zen priest and was a professor of Buddhist Studies and Aikido instructor at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, Japan, where he lived for thirty-five years. He is the author or translator of over forty books on Zen artists and their poetry, painting, and calligraphy, as well as on Aikido, swordsmanship, and other Japanese martial arts traditions. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.Praise
"This interesting and attractive book has much more arcane lore and will interest both the adept and the casual reader; indeed, it may lead both toward a kind of enlightenment." —Japan TimesSelected Reader Reviews