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Description - Cultivating Ch'i by Kaibara Ekiken

"Samurai are best known for taking life-but here is a samurai doctor's prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one."

Unlike other samurai of his time, Kaibara Ekiken (1630-1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the healthy mind and body upon which martial techniques and philosophy depended. While serving as the chief medical doctor and healer to the Kuroda clan, he came to a holistic view of how the physical, mental, and spiritual lives of his patients were connected. Drawing from his medical practice, the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, and his life experience, Ekiken created Cultivating Ch'i as a guide to sustaining health and stamina from youth to old age. Ekiken's advice regarding moderation, foodand drink, sleep, sexual activity, bathing, and therapeutic practices is still amazingly intuitive and appropriate nearly three hundred years after this book was written.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781590309889
ISBN-10: 159030988X
Format: Paperback / softback
(190mm x 134mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publish Date: 9-Apr-2013
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kaibara Ekiken

WILLIAM SCOTT WILSON is the foremost translator into English of traditional Japanese texts on samurai culture. He received BA degrees from Dartmouth College and the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, and an MA in Japanese literary studies from the University of Washington. His best-selling translations include Hagakure, The Unfettered Mind, Taiko, and Ideals of the Samurai. He is also the author of The Lone Samurai, a biography of the legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Author Residence- Miami, Florida

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