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Hara: The Vital Centre of Man
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 7th 1985 by Unwin Paperbacks
(first published 1962)
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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
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