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Hara : the vital center of man

Author: Karlfried Dürckheim, Graf
Publisher: Rochester, Vt. : Inner Traditions, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The classic text on balance, inner calm, and the cultivation of tranquillity using the age-old techniques of Zen masters.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karlfried Dürckheim, Graf
ISBN: 1594770247 9781594770241
OCLC Number: 55644576
Description: 202 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Hara in the life of the Japanese. Hara in the life of the Japanese --
Hara in the everyday life of Japan --
Hara as the purpose of practice --
Hara in the Japanese language --
pt. II. Hara in its general human significance. Eastern and Western views of Hara --
The general significance of the center of the body --
The European attitude to the belly --
Natural Hara --
The two levels --
pt. III. Man with Hara. The living form centered in Hara --
The ego and the vital center --
Malformations of the I --
Hara as secular power --
Hara in experience: insight and practice --
The strength, breadth, and closeness engendered by Hara --
The order of life in the symbolism of the body --
pt. IV. Hara as practice. The purpose and prerequisite of all practice --
The purpose and limits of practice --
The prerequisites of all practice --
Posture, breath, tension --
as starting points of practice --
The practice of right posture --
Sitting with Hara --
Tension-relaxation --
The practice of breathing --
pt. V. Retrospect and outlook. Retrospect and outlook --
Appendix: Japanese texts. Okado Torajiro --
Sato Tsuji: The teaching of the human body --
Kaneko Shoseki: nature and origin of man.
Other Titles: Hara.
Responsibility: Karlfried Graf Dürckheim ; translated from the German by Sylvia-Monica von Kospoth in collaboration with Estelle R. Healey.
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"...the formalism is well worth accommodating in order to gain its gems of wisdom." * Spirit of Change, May/June 2005 * "Hara is essential reading for all who inquire into the spiritual principles Read more...

 
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