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Description - Samurai Zen by Trevor Leggett

This text gathers together 100 of the rare mystical riddles representing the core spiritual discipline of Japan's ancient Samurai tradition. Dating from the 13th-century records of Japan's Kamakura temples, they reflect the earliest manifestation of pure Zen in Japan, as created and posed by the top Zen Masters to their warrior pupils. Traditionally guarded with a reverent secrecy, the stories, puzzles and dialogues of the Koans contrast poetry with carnivalesque humour, delicacy with occasionally graphic violence, and transcendental insight with a compassionate awareness of flesh. As key preparatory tools for the Samurai, they seek to instil spiritual discernment and mental agility, with the ultimate goal of aiding independent reflection upon the universe and the achievement of self-disciplined wisdom.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415284646
ISBN-10: 0415284643
Format: Hardback
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 218
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Trevor Leggett

Trevor Leggett was the former head of Japanese Service of the BBC in the UK

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