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Read online Meditation and the Martial Arts Meditation and the Martial Arts.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Meditation and the Martial Arts Meditation and the Martial Arts The relationship between meditation and the martial arts is a multifaceted one meditation is one of the practices in which martial artists engage in order to prepare for combat while the physical exercises constituting much of the discipline of the martial arts might well be considered meditative practices Michael Raposa himself a martial arts practitioner suggests there is a sense in which meditation may in turn be considered a form of combat citing a variety of spiritual disciplines that are not strictly classified as martial arts yet that employ the heavy use of martial images and categories as part of their self description .

Raposa in this extraordinary alloy of meditation manual historical synthesis and spiritual guide provides a fascinating approach to understanding the connection between martial arts and spirituality in such diverse disciplines as Japanese aikido Chinese tai chi chuan Hindu yoga Christian asceticism Zen Buddhism and Islamic jihad .

What happens when spiritual discipline is appropriated for exercises meant for health or recreation How might prayer meditation and ritual be understood as martial activities What is the nature of conflict and who is the enemy These are some of the questions Raposa raises and responds to in Meditation and the Martial Arts his rumination on the martial arts as meditative practice and meditation as a martial discipline .

Michael L Raposa Professor of Religion Studies at Lehigh University is the author of Peirce s Philosophy of Religion and Boredom and the Religious Imagination Virginia .

Studies in Religion and Culture by Michael L. Raposa

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Meditation and the Martial Arts Meditation and the Martial Arts
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The relationship between meditation and the martial arts is a multifaceted one meditation is one of the practices in which martial artists engage in order to prepare for combat while the physical exercises constituting much of the discipline of the martial arts might well be considered meditative practices Michael Raposa himself a martial arts practitioner suggests there is a sense in which meditation may in turn be considered a form of combat citing a variety of spiritual disciplines that are not strictly classified as martial arts yet that employ the heavy use of martial images and categories as part of their self description br br Raposa in this extraordinary alloy of meditation manual historical synthesis and spiritual guide provides a fascinating approach to understanding the connection between martial arts and spirituality in such diverse disciplines as Japanese aikido Chinese tai chi chuan Hindu yoga Christian asceticism Zen Buddhism and Islamic jihad br br What happens when spiritual discipline is appropriated for exercises meant for health or recreation How might prayer meditation and ritual be understood as martial activities What is the nature of conflict and who is the enemy These are some of the questions Raposa raises and responds to in Meditation and the Martial Arts his rumination on the martial arts as meditative practice and meditation as a martial discipline br br Michael L Raposa Professor of Religion Studies at Lehigh University is the author of Peirce s Philosophy of Religion and Boredom and the Religious Imagination Virginia br br Studies in Religion and Culture, An impressive study that prompts the reader toward philosophical reflection on the hermeneutics of melancholy in its relation to maturing theological understanding and cultivation of a profound self consciousness Melancholy has been interpreted as a deadly sin or demonic temptation to non being yet its history of interpretation reveals a progressive coming to terms with the dark mood that ultimately unveils it as the self s own ground and a trace of the abysmal nature of God The book advances two provocative claims that far from being a contingent condition melancholy has been progressively acknowledged as constitutive of subjectivity as such a trace of divine otherness and pathos and that the effort to transcend melancholy like Perseus vanquishing Medusa is a necessary labor of maturing self consciousness Reductive attempts to eliminate it besides being dangerously utopian risk overcoming the labor of the soul that makes us human This study sets forth a rigorous scholarly argument that spans several disciplines including philosophy theology psychology and literary studies, No description available, Boredom matters writes Michael Raposa because it represents a threat to spiritual life Boredom can undermine prayer and meditation and signal the failure of religious imagination If you engage it seriously however it can also be the starting point for philosophical reflection and spiritual insight It can serve as a prelude to the discovery or rebirth of religious meaning br br Boredom then is a paradox surprisingly complex and ambiguous Being bored with someone or something can represent a trivial matter being bored with one s clothes or a magazine article or a matter of significant consequence being bored with one s marriage or the music one loves to play Boredom can signify a moral failure or the presence of virtue Appreciating the value of boredom does not require that one welcome much less celebrate its occurrence Raposa simply invites us to pay attention to boredom s many possible lessons br br The principal methods Raposa employs are philosophical Drawing on Peirce s idea that all experience is interpreted experience Raposa sees boredom as a failure of interpretation an inability to read signs in life as religiously meaningful The Gospel of Mark depicts a prayerful and passionate Jesus juxtaposed with his drowsy disciples in Gethsemane Their failure to discern what is happening in their midst Raposa suggests is a powerful example of what medieval Christian theologians called acedia their term for boredom with the rituals of spiritual devotion But these descriptions of acedia bear a striking resemblance to mystical accounts of the dark night a terrifying but necessary stage in the mystic s spiritual journey br br Drawing on this notion and others from eastern and western religious traditions Raposa asks us to see boredom playing an ambivalent role in spiritual life often serving as a metaphorical midwife for the birth of religious knowledge His subject he admits seems tongue in cheek at first but a stunning depth is quickly revealed His lucid witty and intelligent discussion offers a path to the kind of meaning that is a fundamental desideratum in human experience