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When Buddhists Attack: The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for a research

    I am a high school sophomore and I read this book for a research project. When Buddhists Attack is a lot more 
    history than i would have thought. I did not like that Jeffrey K. Mann, the author, did not have much knowledge 
    about Buddhism before writing this book. A lot of areas of the book were parts that he took from other sources. 
    He even recommends some of the sources that he did for further reading on the subject. In the first few chapters, 
    he explains the history of Buddhism and the different types of Buddhism. He does not make as many connections
    with martial arts as I would have thought he would. He only mentions a few forms of martial arts in the first chapters.
    Mann's deeper explanations start on the other few chapters. He does write about the spiritual and mental affects and
    of martial arts. He writes what is needed to be a dedicated, well-trained, and respected martial artist. He also writes 
    about the benefits from it. On these chapters, he also explains more in detail the connection of Zen and martial arts.
    That is the reason I rated this book three stars. Although I did not enjoy the beginning and history part of the book, Jeffrey
     K. Mann does give good connections with martial arts by the end of the book. I would recommend this book for someone
    that enjoys learning about the history of Buddhism and the different roots of Buddhism. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    I have been studying Buddhism for the past year and happened to

    I have been studying Buddhism for the past year and happened to come across some interesting pieces of work. This one, by far, exceeds all of my expectations that I had when I picked it up. It is an excellent piece of work, very informative and at the same time very engaging. The author keeps the readers interest through quotations of Japanese Master swordsmen, philosophers and martial artists as well as adding colorful stories to support the context presented. I learned more about zen than I could ever anticipate. He presents the extremely complicated zen concepts in a clear and concise manner leading to a deeper understanding and appreciation of this ancient art.  Even though this is my review for the book I cannot help but comment about the previous comment. Seeing as he is a high school kid it is easy to understand his frustrations. I would not read a book or hold it's contents valuable if it did not have a heavy load of references,. That is the only way to be sure that the work has some backbone in it.  This book is about Zen and since it is mainly concerned with Japanese, he appropriately focused on Japanese martial arts. I recommend this book for every martial artist. You have to be mature enough and intelligent enough to really appreciate and understand the concepts presented in this book. However, I believe that everyone and anyone will benefit greatly from carefully reading and analyzing it.I have studied martial arts for over 11 years in different disciplines, as well as philosophies that goes with them so I know what I am talking about when I recommend this book.

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