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Hara: The Vital Center of Man

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The classic text on balance, inner calm, and the cultivation of tranquillity using the age-old techniques of Zen masters
Reveals the psychosomatic underpinnings of Zen, Taoism, and other Eastern traditions
Provides an alternative to the "chest out-belly in" postural attitude of the West
Includes translations of the wisdom teachings of three Japanese masters
Shows how the
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 27th 2004 by Inner Traditions (first published 1962)
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Dean P
Aug 03, 2013 Dean P rated it really liked it
Overall, an in depth look at the Japanese philosophy of "Hara" or lower energy centre (tan tien) and its place in health, spirituality, personality and life. The first chapters on Japanese language and "Hara" are very interesting and show how the concept is foundational to many aspects of Japanese life. The author then writes the main bulk of the book based on his experiences in Japan (last century), and although insightful, seems also to be wordy and ephemeral in the points he is trying to conv ...more
David Guy
May 04, 2011 David Guy rated it really liked it
Durckheim is a German who somehow made his way to Japan, and was quite influenced by his time there. Hara is his book about the energy center in the body that the Japanese also sometimes call the tanden, roughly two inches below the navel (it is also one of the chakras in the Indian system). I have always found that to be an energy center in my sitting practice, but the Japanese positively revere it, and see it as the connection to the whole universe. Especially interesting in this latest editio ...more
Ali
Nov 17, 2015 Ali rated it it was amazing
Considering the quality of the contents and the precision used it is one of the best book I've read on this topic. surely to read!
Hans
Dec 28, 2012 Hans rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Excellent explanation of Hara by a master. Hard reading towards the end as it goes deeper.
Marloes
Sep 19, 2010 Marloes rated it it was amazing
Translated in Dutch as "Hara, het dragende midden van de mens"
Reid
Oct 19, 2014 Reid rated it liked it
This book is old, and fairly interesting.
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