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Zen and the Ways (Routledge Library Editions Zen Buddhism)


Zen and the Ways (Routledge Library Editions Zen Buddhism)

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    Trevor Leggett(Author)

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 the Japanese tradition. In the end some of them were practised as spiritual training as themselves; they were the n called ‘Ways’. This book, first published in 1978, includes translations of some rare texts on Zen and the Ways. One is a sixteenth-century Zen text complied from Kamakura temple records of the previous three centuries; others are translated from the ‘secret scrolls’ of fencing, archery, Judo and so on.

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  • PDF | 274 pages
  • Trevor Leggett(Author)
  • Routledge; 1 edition (26 April 2016)
  • English
  • 10
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By on 16 February 2000

    The first half of this book details the history and background to Japanese Zen. The tone of this section is quite academic and some prior knowledge of the History of Zen is really a prerequisite for understanding this section. The rest of the book comprises of some excellent translations of parts of Japanese works on Zen and the ways, some Koans with associated questions and stories of the ways. The "Ways" mentioned range from Judo, and fencing to calligraphy. This book certainly is not a manual on the practice of Zen or of any martial art/way, however it does form an outstanding companion to further study in these fields. Zen and the Ways is a book I would recomend to anyone wishing to deepen their knowldege of the martial ways.

  • By M. A. Ramos on 7 October 2007

    If Trevor Leggett is involved, you know the book is worth buying. This book is well written. The great strength of Mr. Leggett's writing is that he never loses sight of the practical implications of what the Masters have written. Here we have the inclusion of the classic `On Meditation' by the master Daidaku and rare translations of the Kamakura koans. You will read this book over and over again. A must for your zen library.

  • By B M Moores on 12 January 2015

    An interesting text

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