Herding the Ox

Herding the Ox: Martial Arts as Moral Metaphor uses the Ten Oxherding Pictures of Zen as a springboard to discuss the spiritual and ethical dimensions of martial arts training. 

By combining historical vignettes about some of Japan's greatest warriors with thought provoking analysis, it illuminates the relationship between Zen concepts and real-life experience in the martial arts.

Written by a martial artist who is also a professional educator, Herding the Ox takes the reader on an entertaining and enlightening journey into the search for a deeper meaning in the martial arts. 

Author: John Donohue

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, Softcover

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Dr. John Donohue pulls from his knowledge of Social Science, anthropology, and his study and experience of the martial arts, to provide an enlightening perspective on how the study of martial arts can provide an opportunity for spiritual as well a physical development
— Joel

Strike Like Lightning: Meditations on Nature for Martial Artists

Meditations on Nature for Martial Artists

Martial arts and nature have been linked since ancient times. Wind, earth, water and fire have been incorporated into the philosophy of the Masters for centuries. This connection has taught martial artists how to use the power of nature to gain courage, confidence and valuable skills, since much of the martial arts is not so much a physical journey as a spiritual one. 

In this tradition, Strike like Lightning: Meditations on Nature for Martial Artists is a book about meditating on nature and exploring the natural world through the eyes of a modern day warrior. Martial artists of all styles can learn how to learn from nature to increase the benefits of their training.

Author: C. V. Rhoades

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Crouching Tiger: Taming the Warrior Within

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Loren W Christensen - soldier, policeman, martial artist - has called upon his warrior spirit in a wide range of violent encounters: grueling karate and jujitsu matches, brutal barroom brawls and street fights as a military policeman in Saigon, Vietnam, shootings, riots, and gang warfare as a police officer in Portland, Oregon, and fights in the mean streets. In this collection of short, easy-to-read yet profound stories, he shares tales of courage and success as well as fear, failure mistakes and even revenge. Each story concludes with what he learned from the experience--about himself, his warrior spirit and what being a warrior means. 

Author: Loren W. Christensen

Editions: Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android

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Tight, crisp stories . . Easy to read, and as exciting as it is thought provoking
— K. Wilder

The Art of Harmony

This collection of inspirational passages and anecdotes blends the common-sense thinking of western philosophy and the mystical wisdom of eastern disciplines. It is based on the belief that our journey through life is most peaceful and fulfilling when we learn to recognise and take charge of our chosen destiny, knowing when to direct the flow and when to yield to it. Organised in an easy-to-read format and grouped by subjects such as truth, chaos, freedom and wisdom, this book encourages each reader to freely discover his or her own road to inner harmony.

Author: Sang H. Kim

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A great meditation aid. The verses are organized into thematic chapters, making it easy to find one that suits your mood. Just don’t let anyone borrow your copy - I did and had a tough getting it back!
— Phoenix Rising magazine