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The medieval Samurai of Japan have long been depicted as the consummate warriors of Asia. While the physical training the Samurai underwent was intense and exacting, much of their skill was based on their mental refinement as well as their physical prowess. At the forefront of integrating spiritual understanding into the martial arts, Scott Shaw draws upon his years of study of Buddhist culture to show you how to acquire higher awareness through the art of Zen and Iaido, or the meditative art of the sword. Scott Shaw begins by teaching you how to control and refine your physical senses, while quieting your mind and your emotions as well as your reactions to other people's energies. Next, with clear instruction and photographs, he guides you through both standing and seated forms of Iaido. He also includes powerful breathing exercises for centering yourself and directing energy. This book has special interest for students of Iaido, but it also contains a wealth of information and practical exercises for anyone who is sincerely interested in Zen Buddhism and the martial arts as a path to freedom or Satori.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are books that are more informative than this. I found a lot of Korean stuff in this book, not japanese. Plus the gentleman i quesion has very limited Iaido knowlegde. It is not worth purchasing
This is a very good book. I think what Scott Shaw does a great job integrating the spirituality inherent in Bushido into the modern practice of swordsmanship. This is inspiring and proivdes an element to the martial arts which few people in the west are exposed to. I try to do this at my own Dojo. Westerners have a hard time understanding.I think Samurai Zen really conveys Zen Buddhism in a exceptional manner. Though the shaw focuses on Japan and Iaido. This book would benefit all practioners who wish to know more about Zen Buddhism. This book should be in everyone's library who wants to understand the foundations of the Japanese Samurai and who wish to bring Zen into their everyday life.