Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind and Body Harmony

Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind and Body Harmony

by H. E. Davey


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ISBN-13: 9781880656389
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publication date: 05/28/1999
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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I recently finished reading the book, Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind and Body Harmony, by H. E. Davey. The book is excellent. I am novice (hardly even that, actually) when it comes to Shodo (having only recently begun studying Shodo), but your book provides a very smooth introduction, and does a great job of getting across the relationship between it and the other Japanese cultural arts (chado [tea ceremony], budo [martial Ways], kado [flower arrangement], etc). It is written in a very positive way and contains many beautiful pieces of artwork. I very much enjoyed the 'four experiments toward a positive mind,' these are great examples of introspection. Though I am far from an expert in budo, I have spent many years training and researching this topic, yet several of the explanations, provided for terms such as fudoshin, hara, and ki shed new light on these concepts, beyond just their relationship to Shodo. Chapters three and four provide a very gentle introduction to the physical techniques while also providing an overview of the relationship between good posture and the proper state of mind. The importance of the coordination of mind, body, and spirit is presented in a way that should be easy for someone that is new to the Japanese cultural arts to grasp and understand. I am again impressed with Davey sensei's ability to communicate a complex subject in an interesting and informative way that maintains the readers interest, while still capturing the subtleties of the topic. From a beginner's perspective, this is an excellent reference, and I highly recommend it.