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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST FOR MARTIAL ARTISTS !
This is a profound book and not just for martial artists or those interested in Zen. The history (somewhat hidden) of Hara maybe has its origins in ancient Japan or the far east and can be connected to those arts of Archery, Calligraphy, and more recently Aikido etc. But this is a book and teaching for those looking for something that requires nothing more than awareness...
Published on 27 Jun 2010 by Pete121

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1.0 out of 5 stars Gobbledygook
This is totally incomprehensible!Terms are often left undefined, or their meaning skirted around leaving you guessing as to what they mean and what point is trying to be made. A this prevents you building on previous knowledge and it gets more and more meaningless. Reading this was like listening to Professor Stanley Unwin speaking. Books should be about communication and...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST FOR MARTIAL ARTISTS !, 27 Jun 2010
This review is from: Hara: The Vital Center of Man (Paperback)
This is a profound book and not just for martial artists or those interested in Zen. The history (somewhat hidden) of Hara maybe has its origins in ancient Japan or the far east and can be connected to those arts of Archery, Calligraphy, and more recently Aikido etc. But this is a book and teaching for those looking for something that requires nothing more than awareness (critical awareness*...see The Way Of Transformation) and an understanding of our centre and how to adjust to this in our everday living.
It obviously requires a recognition of what Durkheim is pointing out in this book, but more importantly the actual putting it to proof is what this book is all about.
There are a few of his books most out of print, but there is another which goes into more detail, although it is a hard read in places maybe due to his background in Psychology, or that it is translated from his mother tongue of German, but if you connect with this book you will find this one equally important in living this life, with a much deeper connection......
The Way of Transformation: Daily Life as Spiritual Practice
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gobbledygook, 27 Oct 2013
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This is totally incomprehensible!Terms are often left undefined, or their meaning skirted around leaving you guessing as to what they mean and what point is trying to be made. A this prevents you building on previous knowledge and it gets more and more meaningless. Reading this was like listening to Professor Stanley Unwin speaking. Books should be about communication and getting ideas across so when authors appear to be deliberately obscuring meaning I become suspicious of their actual understanding and of a case of the 'Emperor's new clothes'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars new, 31 May 2010
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This is a new concept for me so I have read it with an open mind. The feeling I got was that its old news and we have moved on and there is more evolved insight.
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