- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc; 2nd edition edition (15 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568364377
- ISBN-13: 978-1568364377
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart Hardcover – 15 Nov 2012
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."..will function as an introduction to ideal Shinto practice..." -- Choice
"Outstanding introduction, thoughtful readers can hardly do better than this intelligent insiders guide. Highly recommended."--Library Journal
"Renowned Shinto master Motohisa Yamakage takes us to the core of Japans most ancient religion." --Clear
About the Author
Motohisa Yamakage was born in 1925 and brought up in an old Shintoist family. In 1956, he became the 79th Grand Master of Yamakage Shinto. Grand Master Yamakage has played a leading role in introducing Shinto to people around the world and many of his essays, translated into German, French, and English, have been published in leading European magazines. In 2005, Motohisa Yamakage retired and was succeeded by hisson, Hitoyoshi Yamakage.
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Top Customer Reviews
I also found surprisingly, that the reading of this book was a relaxing one, with a sense of beauty and peace. You will discover that Shinto "has no founder, no doctrines, no precepts or commandments, no idols and no organization", which is something quite astonishing for someone like me, who has been educated in the catholic religion!
The book consist of 8 chapters:
1. Shinto for the New Millennium.
2. What is Shinto?
3. What is Jinja?
4. The idea of Misogi (Purification)
5. The idea of Harai
6. Koshinto: Theory of one spirit, four souls
7. Koshinto: view of the "Other World"
8. The systematic training method of chinkon
No doubt,this is a reference book for anyone insterested in Shinto.
This book tells us the story of Shinto.
Things the Japanese consider "custom", in many occasions come from Shinto belief.
The writer takes you to the core of Shinto, things beyond Shinto ceremonies and architectural structure which foreigners (like me, previously) use to identify Shinto.
Unbelievably easy to read, yet informative and very well written.
I never thought I would be able to finish any religious books within 2 days, but I did.
I will recommend this book to anyone who has interest in Japanese culture.
“The Essence of Shinto: Japan's Spiritual Heart” is a book by Motohisa Yamakage, a spiritual teacher who claims to be the 79th Grand Master of an orthodox Koshinto lineage going back to ancient times. However, it seems that Koshinto (“Ancient Shinto”) isn't older than the Edo period (1603-1868), and Yamakage's group is apparently regarded as a New Religion. The group claims to have access to esoteric teachings previously unknown to anyone but a few initiates. Thus, Yamakage's book should be read, not as a general introduction to Shintoism, but rather as a introduction to the author's own spiritual worldview, which may or may not resemble how Shinto is actually practiced.
Yamakage believes that the goal of humans is to become Kami. In Western terms, humans are called upon to become “spirits”, “angels” or “gods”. There are several steps in this process. The most elementary is to strive for balance and purity in one's own personal life, something done through ethics, aesthetics and various rituals of purification. The latter is especially important when interacting with the Kami.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very important book to discover the Shinto religion and philosophy. I think it also helpful to understand a part of the spiritual background of some martial arts, as aikido. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Client d'Amazon
Arrived quickly and in good condition. An interesting read for a beginner. Lots of info and instructions on diff rituals.Published on 23 May 2014 by Becky
This book is a must have to anyone interested in Shinto. It takes you back to the "Old Shinto" and Japanese Mythology. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2011 by rmps