Fighting Buddha: A Story of Martial Arts, Buddhism, Kicking Ass and Saving It

Fighting Buddha: A Story of Martial Arts, Buddhism, Kicking Ass and Saving It

by Jeff Eisenberg


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Fighting Buddha: A Story of Martial Arts, Buddhism, Kicking Ass and Saving It by Jeff Eisenberg

A raucous, irreverent look into the Buddhist and Martial Arts worlds

Can we be martial arts practitioners and Buddhists at the same time? Can these practices actually complement each other, in mindfulness? How do we reconcile Buddhist concepts like non-violence with a fighting practice like judo, karate or jiu jitsu? Long-standing martial arts instructor and meditator Jeff Eisenberg addresses these and other questions in his own inimitable style, employing autobiographical anecdotes, along with martial arts fighting strategies, koan and sutra teachings, and Buddhist folk stories. Fighting Buddha outlines why the true test of a martial artist’s skill and of a Buddhist’s application of mindfulness is during a situation that is the least conducive for it—usually not inside the Dojo or Zendo. Challenging the belief that fighting martial arts styles are not conducive to a meditative practice, the book discusses the difference between violence and the use of force as it relates to the Buddha’s teaching of “cause no harm”, exploring the common misunderstanding that meditative moments are exclusive to only select activities. Further topics are the struggles of beginning training and practice, the importance of identifying goals, choosing a teacher and training in support of these goals. And, far from being the often-perceived ending, Jeff concludes that enlightenment and the black belt are really only a beginning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844097227
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,216,797
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jeff Eisenberg is a Grand Master level martial arts and meditation teacher with over 40 years of training and 25 years of teaching experience. Trained in a variety of disciplines, he has run his own Dojo for nearly fifteen years and has trained thousands of children and adults in the martial arts. Jeff’s life also spans periods working as bodyguard, investigator and director of crisis response in the emergency and psychiatric ward of a major hospital. He lives in Long Branch, NJ, USA.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Preface 10

Introduction 13

1 The Funny-Looking Far Guy 15

2 Cause No Harm 29

3 Are You Fit to Be a Buddha? 36

4 Just Get on the Mat Already! 41

5 Crampin' My Style 47

6 The Good of Bad Training: Finding the Right Teacher 57

7 Good Teachers Gone Bad 71

8 Tapping Out 80

9 Stop Blaming the Teacher, Already! 84

10 Warriorship: Hie Discipline of Discipline 91

11 There's Nothing Routine About Rituals 95

12 The Middle Way Sucks, But It Ain't As Bad As the Ends 111

13 Black Belt Enlightenment 132

Afterword: Don't Believe a Stinkin' Word of This! 147

Notes: The Way of the Fighting Buddha 150

Suggested Reading List 152

Acknowledgments 155

About the Author 156

What People are Saying About This

Noah Levine

"The Buddha was trained as a warrior, his early life was spent in the discipline and technique of early Indian martial arts. He then used the discipline of that training to fight the causes of suffering and confusion in his own mind. Jeff Eisenberg has followed a similar path and in this insightful book shares with us the path of liberation through the internal battle. Fight the power. Fight ignorance. Fight greed, hatred and delusion. Fight on!" —Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx

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