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By Jeff Einsenberg

battling Buddha is a memoir that information a 40 yr trip in martial arts and meditation education, and 25 years of Buddhist perform. utilizing autobiographical anecdotes, besides martial paintings scuffling with options, Buddhist people tales, and koan and sutra teachings, it explores either the advantages and detriments of every perform, in addition to how they supplement one another as a unique practice.

The basic premise of the ebook proposes that martial arts method performed within the managed setting of the Dojo, and meditative reports depending on the surroundings of the Zendo won't ever have a suitable software except expert, practiced, and confirmed lower than genuine situations. For the martial artist, this activates the query of even if conventional education within the Dojo can really be used in a true state of affairs, and for the Buddhist practitioner, no matter if the rituals, scholarly examine and meditative event of the Zendo can translate into skillful motion outdoor of it. those questions are a continuing topic all through a dialogue that addresses the struggles of starting education and perform, the significance of making a choice on targets and selecting a instructor and coaching in help of them, and most significantly, how you can make sure no matter if the educational should be assimilated into genuine application.

While past books were written approximately martial arts and religious perform, what makes this paintings totally different is that these works specialise in in basic terms the “art” or perform element and never the “martial” or real looking program point. because of this, the typical trust approximately martial arts that has turn into synonymous with non secular perform is that basically the “soft” types which are informed slowly, with a mandate that they by no means really be used, might be thought of a meditative perform, and that the “hard” types that emphasize combating are usually not in basic terms now not conducive to meditative perform, yet are not anything greater than senseless violence. This assumption is challenged through a dialogue of the adaptation among violence and using strength because it pertains to The Buddha’s educating of “cause no harm”, exploring the typical false impression that meditative moments are particular to just choose actions, and explaining why the genuine try out of a martial artist’s ability and of a Buddhist’s program of mindfulness is in the course of a scenario that's the least conducive for it.

Building upon the dialogue of those concerns, the paintings keeps with a detailing of the authors personal functional software in regard to how he “does” Buddhism, after which concludes by means of defining enlightenment and the black belt, and addressing the most typical misconceptions approximately them, particularly, that they're no longer the top result of one’s perform, however the beginning.

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