Omori Sogen: The Art of a Oen Master

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Omori Sogen (1904-1994) is considered the greastest Oen master. His background as an expert in kendo (the Way of the Sword) and shodo (the Way of the the Brush) and as a political activist, scholar and university president made him unique among Oen maters.
The story of Omori's life details his years of training and explores the three "Ways" in which he was trained: martial arts, Oen, and calligraphy. The book also explores the fundamental aspect of Oen martial arts and offers solutions for some of the problems encountered in Oen training. Omori Sogen was the author of the influentialIntroduction to Oen Training, published by Kegan Paul international. This biography is a much needed English-language appraisal of a figure who has been too long invisible to the West.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780710305886
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Life of Omori Sogen
Ch. 1 Shugyo: 1904-1934 3
Ch. 2 Renma: 1934-1945 39
Ch. 3 Gogo no Shugyo: 1945-1994 55
Pt. II The Three Ways
Ch. 4 Zen and Budo 101
Ch. 5 Practical Zen 115
Ch. 6 Teisho: The World of the Absolute Present 139
Ch. 7 Zen and the Fine Arts 153
Books by Omori Sogen 164
Endnotes 166
Index 171
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