Hara: The Vital Center of Man
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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 wisdo...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 27th 2004 by Inner Traditions
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Dean P
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
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
Excellent explanation of Hara by a master. Hard reading towards the end as it goes deeper.
Translated in Dutch as "Hara, het dragende midden van de mens"
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