Omori Sogen, the Art of a Zen Master

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Kegan Paul International, 1999 - Philosophy - 177 pages
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Omori Sogen (1904-1994) is considered the greastest Zen master. His background as an expert in kendo (the Way of the Sword) and shodo (the Way of the the Brush) and as a political activist, scholar and university president made him unique among Zen maters.

The story of Omori's life details his years of training and explores the three "Ways" in which he was trained: martial arts, Zen, and calligraphy. The book also explores the fundamental aspect of Zen martial arts and offers solutions for some of the problems encountered in Zen training. Omori Sogen was the author of the influential "Introduction to Zen Training," published by Kegan Paul international. This biography is a much needed English-language appraisal of a figure who has been too long invisible to the West.

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