This unique study of the genesis and development of the
earliest form of Buddhist self-defense practiced by Chuan Fa monks and mystics
shows both the philosophical and physical basis of the skills developed and
passed on to subsequent generations.
There are many who mistakenly believe Buddhism to be a predominantly philosophical teaching that regards physical and spiritual being as incompatible, or even antagonistic, toward each other. This book seeks to reunite these concepts. Its teaching draws equally on the practices of North Chinese Chaan movement meditation traditions and on the South Chinese Esoteric (Mi Chiao) School- both secret traditions rarely revealed to the general public. The material is presented so readers can understand that what we think of as a competitive sport is really a meditation mandala in action.
Extensive appendices list the main Chinese dynasties, a chronology of Buddhist Sutras, a chronological record of scriptures, teachers, events during 1000 years of Indian and Chinese Buddhism, and translations of Bodhidharma's texts, including The Six Gates, Entering the Buddha's Path, and The Treatise upon the Bloodline Teaching of True Dharma.
About the Author:
Shifu Nagaboshi Tomio has studied with Buddhist teachers from Japan, Korea, Thailand, Ceylon and Tibet, learning about oriental medicine, cheirology, the art of Kempo, and Shingon ritual. He is an ordained teacher and initiator of the Ryushinji Temple in Okinawa, Japan and has practiced as a Yamabushi (mountain ascetic).
In 1974, he received his 4th degree Black Belt in Mushindo Kempo Karate-Do as he worked as head Kempo teacher at Cambridge University. He currently teaches at the Kongoryuji Temple in Norfolk, England, which he founded in 1978 after establishing the Hakurenji Temple in London.
Shifu Nagaboshi Tomio, also known as Terence Dukes, is the author of "Chinese Hand Analysis".