An uplifting story of the quest for an authentic life, and an insightful travel memoir exploring Japan, India, and the U.K. Living in London, Ray Brooks, an outwardly successful but dissolute young man, is troubled by despair and lack of meaning. He travels to Tokyo to find himself, and fortuitously discovers the shakuhachi, an extremely difficult, ancient Japanese bamboo flute. He dedicates himself to mastering it, and his story becomes a passionate example of living in the present. This is the expanded and revised edition with photos.
Note: The Blowing Zen Companion CD is available through Kunaki and Amazon http://bit.ly/abbottkunaki http://www.amazon.com/Blowing-Zen-Companion-Carl-Abbott/dp/B00BW6S9N6 The Shakuhachi is an ancient flute that captivates many who cross its path. Hidden in its simplicity is profound possibility. The windy, resonant sound of the Shakuhachi brings deep serenity to sympathetic ears. For the devoted player, it is also a spiritual tool for training the mind and breath. Most notably, Zen monks have using the Shakuhachi for centuries to train mind and breath through the practice of Sui Zen (blowing Zen) using Buddhist music composed specifically for the Shakuhachi. "Blowing Zen" guides you step-by-step from producing sound to playing Buddhist Meditation music. Also included are detailed build-your-own shakuhachi instructions. The Blowing Zen Companion CD (sold separately) contains the Japanese folk tunes, chamber music and Buddhist composition "Hi Fu Mi" taught in the book. It also includes examples of timing and standard Buddhist music phrases.
Release on 2012-04-26 | by Carl Abbott,School of Urban Studies and Planning Carl Abbott
One Breath, One Mind
Author: Carl Abbott,School of Urban Studies and Planning Carl Abbott
Pubpsher: Createspace Independent Pub
Blowing Zen II contains 26 additional Hon Kyoku compositions (Zen Buddhist music), pitch graphs, more San Kyoku (Japanese Chamber music), and more Japanese folk music.There is NO companion CD for Blowing Zen II, but there are FREE recordings online of some of these pieces, with more to come in the future.(See also Blowing Zen: Expanded Edition, which incorporates both Blowing Zen and Blowing Zen II in one book.)
Analyzing the relationship between digital technologies and society this book explores a wide range of complex social issues emerging in a new digital space. Itexamines both the vexing dilemmas with a critical eye as well as prompting readers to think constructively and strategically about exciting possibilities.
This Japan travel guide presents a journey into the true heart of the Kyoto experience—one which brings you deep into the world of Kyoto's ancient Zen Buddhist culture. This is the first comprehensive guide to Kyoto's most important Zen garden and temple sites. Kyoto's Zen heritage represents one of mankind's greatest achievements—recognized by the large number which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Millions of visitors travel to Kyoto yearly in search of their secrets, and here for the first time is a comprehensive overview of every major site. Over 50 Japanese temples and gardens—including all World Heritage Sites—are captured in sensitive photos by acclaimed Kyoto-based photographer John Einarsen. A detailed introduction to each temple by local expert John Dougill includes information about special opportunities for visitors to the temples—such as early morning meditation sessions, temple food offerings and special green tea sets provided to enhance the contemplative experience—along with other "insider" information that no other guide provides. The foreword by Takafumi Kawakami, the deputy head priest of the respected Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, serves to place the book in the context of eastern and western Buddhist thought and practice. His widely viewed TED Talk "How mindfulness can help you to live in the present" has been viewed by over 100,000 people.
Finding Joy, Love and Answers on the Sacred River Ganges
Author: Ray Brooks
Pubpsher: Watkins Media Limited
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
An uplifting story of enlightenment that reveals simple yet profound truths about our true nature, set amidst the atmospheric banks of the River Ganges that will appeal to both the self-help, non-duality, and "Eat, Pray, Love" travel markets. "No effort is necessary, Ray, no new knowledge required or acquired. No transcendental experience or higher consciousness needs to be achieved. When the recognition of what you are is seen - nothing at all happens. Why would it? You simply find yourself as you already are." It is widely thought that finding peace, happiness and freedom requires tremendous effort - that in order to achieve a state of contentment and harmony in life, a journey must be taken, or someone or something must be awakened or overcome. After a chance encounter with an Anglo-Indian holy man on the ghats of the sacred River Ganges, Ray Brooks discovers through the course of nine conversations that his quest for wholeness has been futile: no such journey was necessary, and, just like a shadow that seeks the sun, he had been searching for a self that had never been lost in the first place. After acknowledging that simple yet profound truth - that the seeker and that which is sought are one in the same - the search for "oneness" is complete. This book offers no systems of belief or promises. Instead, it clearly points to that which is ever-present yet completely overlooked: the ordinariness and beauty of our true nature.
This is the sixth volume in a series of books devoted to the history, documentation and analysis of music in Asia. Four essays are dedicated to documents from the past: fifth-century Korean tomb paintings; tenth-century Chinese scores for lute; eighth-century Japanese documents; early Chinese sutras on the perception of sound. The remainder concern contemporary documents: the notations of the Japanese end-blown flute (shakuhachi) and lute (biwa) and their relationship to performance; acoustical analysis of contemporary shakuhachi. The focus on musical documents, whether ancient or modern, provides a unifying thread which renders this volume unique in the ethnomusicological literature on East Asian music.
Unlock the secrets of the legendary weapons of the samurai While the samurai is well known as the military nobility of medieval Japan, their range of weapons, which went far beyond the katana, bow, and spear, is lesser known. For instance, some weapons, like the tesson, or iron fan, were used in secret where samurai swords were not allowed. Others were improvised, with warriors using whatever fighting tool was at hand. In Samurai Weapons, readers will follow the story of Zenigata Heiji, among others, who developed an uncanny ability to use heavy coins as dangerous weapons by throwing them like bullets. Author Don Cunningham, who held ranks in judo, jujutsu, and kendo, including a second dan license from the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, gives us a historical look at these ancient arms in a way that's useful for novices and samurai experts alike. Chapters cover such rich details as: Japanese martial arts culture Hidden weapons Sensu, truncheons, and polearms Learn how and why samurai weapons included not only the sword of popular lore, but also a variety of others. Cunningham describes the society of Japan, how the samurai class arose, and the place in society that samurai held through the centuries, focusing in particular on the various weaponry they used, how they used it, and why. Samurai Weapons highlights how these weapons and fighting styles have influenced various schools of Japanese martial arts.