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Title:Meditation and the Martial Arts Meditation and the Martial Arts
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Michael L. Raposa
Publisher:University of Virginia Press
ISBN:0813922380
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Number of Pages:192
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Meditation and the Martial Arts Meditation and the Martial Arts by Michael L. Raposa

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Meditation and the Martial Arts Meditation and the Martial Arts The relationship between meditation and the martial arts is a multifaceted one meditation is one of the practices in which martial artists engage in order to prepare for combat while the physical exercises constituting much of the discipline of the martial arts might well be considered meditative practices Michael Raposa himself a martial arts practitioner suggests there is a sense in which meditation may in turn be considered a form of combat citing a variety of spiritual disciplines that are not strictly classified as martial arts yet that employ the heavy use of martial images and categories as part of their self description .

Raposa in this extraordinary alloy of meditation manual historical synthesis and spiritual guide provides a fascinating approach to understanding the connection between martial arts and spirituality in such diverse disciplines as Japanese aikido Chinese tai chi chuan Hindu yoga Christian asceticism Zen Buddhism and Islamic jihad .

What happens when spiritual discipline is appropriated for exercises meant for health or recreation How might prayer meditation and ritual be understood as martial activities What is the nature of conflict and who is the enemy These are some of the questions Raposa raises and responds to in Meditation and the Martial Arts his rumination on the martial arts as meditative practice and meditation as a martial discipline .

Michael L Raposa Professor of Religion Studies at Lehigh University is the author of Peirce s Philosophy of Religion and Boredom and the Religious Imagination Virginia .

Studies in Religion and Culture

Peirce's Philosophy of Religion, Boredom and the Religious Imagination Boredom and the Religious Imagination, Meditation and the Martial Arts Meditation and the Martial Arts, Melancholy and the Otherness of God: A Study of the Hermeneutics of Depression