Soul Sword

Author: Vernon Kitabu Turner
Publisher: Watkins Media Limited
ISBN: 1780281943
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An amazing demonstration of the power of Zen in martial arts - Roshi Kitabu, who can physically defeat a powerful opponent with just one finger, shows the reader how to tap into the power of 'no mind', to connect with the Divine Spirit, and to overcome all the obstacles that life throws in his way.

Under the Sword

Author: Vernon Kitabu Turner
Publisher: Watkins Media Limited
ISBN: 1780282842
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In our fast-changing, uncertain world, it's easy to feel under the gun. Now Zen master Vernon Kitabu Turner throws away the gun and picks up the sword in an inspiring practical guide filled with step-by step advice to help you transform your life by unifying mind, body, and spirit. Wrapping profound truths in homespun analogies, Turner employs his trademark engaging style to awaken your inner samurai.

Sex and Nothing

Author: Alejandro Cerda-Rueda
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429918925
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From its etymological roots, sex is related to a scission, Latin for sectus, secare, meaning "to divide or cut." Therefore, regardless of the various studies applied to defining sex as inscribed by discursive acts, i.e. merely a 'performatively enacted signification,' there is something more to sex than just a social construction or an aprioristic substance. Sex is irreducible to meaning or knowledge. This is why psychoanalysis cannot be formulated as an erotology nor a science of sex (scientia sexualis). Following this argumentation, in the final class of his eleventh seminar, Lacan asserts that psychoanalysis has proven to be uncreative in the realm of sexuality. Henceforth, sex does not engrave itself within the symbolic: only the failure of its inscription is marked in the symbolic. In this matter, sex escapes the symbolic restraints of language; however, it is through its failure that it manifests itself through the symbolic, e.g. symptoms or dream life. So, what is sex? Sex and Nothing embarks upon a dialogue between colleagues and friends interested in bridging psychoanalysis and philosophy, linking sex and thought, where what emerges is a greater awareness of the irreducucibility of sex to the discourse of knowledge and meaning: in other words, sex and nothing.With contributions by Joan Copjec, Mladen Dolar, Sigi Jottkandt, Cristina Soto van der Plas, Jelica Sumic, Samo Tomsic, Gabriel Tupinamba, Daniel Tutt, Slavoj iek, and Alenka Zupancic.

Ki Asana Zen

Author: Vernon Kitabu Turner
Publisher: Rainbow Ridge
ISBN: 9781937907266
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Few feelings are more debilitating than fear. It may seem that fear comes from the outside, but it is always brought under control from within. Ki-Asana Zen is a practice dedicated to the restoration of resiliency and spontaneity to the mind. The resilient mind springs back from adversity. The spontaneous mind does not harbor fear because it does not cling to thought patterns of any kind. Such a mind taps into instinctive wisdom, called prajna paramita, in Sanskrit. When we have achieved this gift, we will know what to do when faced with a problem, even one which comes swiftly. Ki-Asana Zen is a meditation technique that is balanced, relatively easy but internally sound. It bridges the gap between east and west by embracing both its sun and moon nature . . . Ki (intensification) . . . Asana (posture). The power of it is not in what you see, but in the responses generated by what you do. With Ki-Asana you don't meditate . . . IT meditates. This powerful but simple technique will teach you how to deal with any problem that comes your way.

Zen and the Way of the Sword

Author: Winston L. King
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195092615
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Zen--serene, contemplative, a discipline of meditation associated with painting, rock gardens, and flower arranging--seems an odd ingredient in the martial psyche of the Japanese samurai. "One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind...the fact that he has to die," wrote a seventeenth-century warrior. "That is his chief business." But the demands of that "business," writes Winston King, found the perfect philosophical match in the teachings of Zen Buddhism. In Zen and the Way of the Sword, King offers a fascinating look into the mind of the samurai swordsman in a far-reaching account of the role of Zen in the thought, culture, and the martial arts of Japan's soldier elite. An esteemed scholar of Eastern religions, King deftly traces the development of Zen and discusses the personal nature of its practice, its emphasis on individual discovery and attainment. He then presents an accomplished capsule history of the samurai class, from its rise in the middle ages to formal abolition in the nineteenth century--an account filled with details of wars, political maneuvering, and cultural achievements. King also looks at the arms and vocation of the individual samurai, placing the details of armor and weapons in the context of the samurai conception of warfare. In particular, King focuses on the sword--the soul of the samurai, as it was called--describing how it was forged, the honor given famous swordsmiths, the rise of schools of swordsmanship, and breathtaking feats of the great swordsmen. Throughout, King shows how the samurai cultivated Zen, relating its teaching of a free and spontaneous mind to the experience of a warrior in individual combat, and finding philosophical strength in Zen as they prepared themselves for death. "What mind can penetrate his opponent's mind?" one authority has written. "It is a mind that has been trained and cultivated to the point of detachment with perfect freedom....His mind should reflect his opponent's mind like water reflecting the moon." In other words, a mind trained by Zen. King goes on to trace the role of Zen in samurai life through the peaceful eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, examining the absorption of Zen into World War II psychology and broader Japanese culture. Throughout, he provides a thoughtful perspective, both sympathetic and aware of the ethical problems inherent in a school of Buddhism turned to the needs of a military class. A scholarly, absorbing account, Zen and the Way of the Sword provides fascinating insight into the samurai ethos, and the culture of Japan today.

The Way of the Living Sword

Author: Yagyu Munenori
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595279988
Format: PDF
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The Way of the Living Sword is the final installment in D.E. Tarver's popular Warrior Series. It stands beside The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi as one of the greatest writings of the warrior mind. In The Way of the Living Sword, Munenori gives an in-depth explanation of the connection between physical martial arts and the mental process of Zen. While Munenori and Musashi were both avid students of Zen, Munenori was more fascinated by the academic aspects of the philosophy. Munenori stretches the consciousness of even the most enlightened martial artist. Martial arts devotees will experience many flashes of revelation as Tarver explores the various aspects of Munenori's approach. Read and grow!

Soul of the Samurai

Author: Thomas Cleary
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462900313
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Soul of the Samurai contains modern translations of three classic works of Zen & Bushido. In Soul of the Samurai, bestselling author and respected translator Thomas Cleary reveals the true essence of the Bushido code or Zen warrior teachings according to 17th-century Japanese samurai master Yagyu Munenori and his Zen teacher Takuan Soho. The three works of Zen & Bushido translated in Soul of the Samurai are: The Book of the Sword by Yagyu Munenori The Inscrutable Subtlety of Immovable Wisdom by Takuan Soho The Peerless Sword by Takuan Soho Yagyu was a renowned swordsman and chief of the Shogun's secret police, while Takuan was the Zen spiritual mentor to the Emperor. This samurai philosophy book contains the first English translations of their seminal writings on Bushido. Cleary not only provides clear and readable translations but comprehensive notes introducing the social, political, and organizational principles that defined samurai culture—their loyalty to family, their sense of service and duty, and their political strategies for dealing with allies and enemies. These writings introduce the reader to the authentic world of Zen culture and the secrets behind the samurai's success—being "in the moment" and freeing the mind from all distractions, allowing you to react instantaneously and instinctively without thinking. In these classic works we learn that Zen mental control and meditational training were as important to the Samurai as swordsmanship and fighting skills.

The Book of Five Rings

Author: Musashi Miyamoto
Publisher: Booklassic
ISBN: 9635243979
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Miyamoto Musashi's Go Rin no Sho or the book of five rings,is considered a classic treatise on military strategy, much like Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Chanakya's Arthashastra. The five "books" refer to the idea that there are different elements of battle, just as there are different physical elements in life, as described by Buddhism, Shinto, and other Eastern religions. Through the book Musashi defends his thesis: a man who conquers himself is ready to take it on on the world, should need arise.

Soul to Soul

Author: Vernon Kitabu Turner
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9781571744708
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No matter what you believe about the creation of life, whether you put your stock in science or religion, there is at least one faith we all believe in: the mind. Like God, the mind cannot be seen; its origin is a mystery, its powers are awesome, and its boundaries unknown. InSoul to Soul, Vernon Kitabu Turner, a black American Zen master, shows you how to still your thoughts, tame your mind, and tune into the Divine Mind. One of the few people on the planet who can use the "chi" energy, Turner is internationally celebrated as both a philosopher and a martial artist. Turner explains that tapping into the power of the Divine Mind will make your more self-confident, invulnerable to the whims of others, and more capable of a dynamic life. He writes: "There is, indeed, far more to you than can be seen, but you cannot unlock that secret by studying the physical body. You cannot come into the fullness of that experience merely by linking yourself to an organized group. There are some roads you must travel alone." All the great masters know that there is a universal path to spiritual freedom on Earth, andSoul to Soulshows you that path.

Soul to Soul

Author: Vernon Kitabu Turner
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9781571744708
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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No matter what you believe about the creation of life, whether you put your stock in science or religion, there is at least one faith we all believe in: the mind. Like God, the mind cannot be seen; its origin is a mystery, its powers are awesome, and its boundaries unknown. InSoul to Soul, Vernon Kitabu Turner, a black American Zen master, shows you how to still your thoughts, tame your mind, and tune into the Divine Mind. One of the few people on the planet who can use the "chi" energy, Turner is internationally celebrated as both a philosopher and a martial artist. Turner explains that tapping into the power of the Divine Mind will make your more self-confident, invulnerable to the whims of others, and more capable of a dynamic life. He writes: "There is, indeed, far more to you than can be seen, but you cannot unlock that secret by studying the physical body. You cannot come into the fullness of that experience merely by linking yourself to an organized group. There are some roads you must travel alone." All the great masters know that there is a universal path to spiritual freedom on Earth, andSoul to Soulshows you that path.