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Zen in the Martial Arts Description
The martial arts, in their finest form, are much more than a physical contest between two opponents - a means of imposing ones will or inflicting damage upon another. Rather, for the true master, karate, kung fu, aikido, wing-chun and all the other martial arts are essentially avenues through which they can achieve spiritual serenity, mental tranquility and the deepest self-confidence. The role of Zen in the martial arts defies easy definition because Zen has no theory; it is an inner knowing for which there is no clearly stated dogma. The Zen of martial arts deemphasizes the power of the intellect and extols that of intuitive action. It's ultimate aim is to free the individual from anger, illusion and false passion. Hyams emphasizes crucial aspects of the martial arts that have been all but lost since their import into the West: the Zen objectives of serenity of spirit, tranquility of mind, and firmness of will.
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"A MAN WHO HAS ATTAINED MASTERY OF AN ART REVEALS IT IN HIS EVERY ACTION." - Samurai maxim
ZEN IN THE MARTIAL ARTS
Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee, Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than 25 years of experience in the martial arts. In his illuminating story, Hyams reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal prob-lems-self-image, work pressure, competition. Indeed, mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your life-enriching your relationships with people, as well as helping you make full use of all your abilities.
"If one of your goals is to live with maximum zest and minimum stress, read ZEN IN THE MARTIAL ARTS. The great beauty of the book is that as Hyams' mind receives enlightenment, so does ours. "Playboy magazine"
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