April 27, 2005
Hara: The Vital Center of Man
By Karlfried Graf Durckheim
Publisher: Inner Traditions (October 2004)
Pages: 202 - Price: $14.95
Review by Lee Prosser - firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerned with the art of natural healing, this book will prove valuable to those interested in techniques utilized by Japanese Zen masters. The best explanation of this fine nonfiction work on Eastern Philosophy is found in the following excerpt:
"By Leaving behind the chest-out-belly in posture and attitude of the West and adopting the belly-centered posture and attitude of Hara, individuals can live a clam, grounded, and more balanced life."
This classic book details what is defined as vital life force practices from the teachings of three Japanese Zen masters. Topics as varied and interesting. Painting and archery are also covered.
Among the topics covered in-depth are Hara in the life of the Japanese, Hara in its general human significance, man with Hara, Hara as practice, sitting with Hara, the practice of right posture, the practice of breathing, and Okado Torajiro.
Worth your time, this excellent study of Hara for a healthy lifestyle will attract many readers. Concise and to the point, this is a helpful book and one to be enjoyed.
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