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The Reiki Sourcebook, Revised and Expanded

by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

The most comprehensive book on the system of Reiki ever published, this book will become an invaluable asset for Reiki novices, students and teachers alike. Bringing together every important piece of information that has been taught, discussed or written about Reiki since its development in the early 1900s, it includes information from sources such as living students of the Reiki teachers, Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi and Hawayo Takata. Written by Bronwen and Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki. * Translated into German, French and Spanish.

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The Japanese Art of Reiki: A Practical Guide to Self-Healing

by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

The Japanese Art of Reiki offers you practical guidance for personal development and healing within the system of Reiki. Growing out of an intensely spiritual period of Japan’s history, the popularity of this system lies not only in its healing abilities but also in its gift to help you remember your true spiritual nature. Be taken on a journey of self-healing using the system’s 5 basic elements including traditional meditations and techniques, precepts and hand healing. Written by Bronwen and Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki. * Translated into Dutch.

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Your Reiki Treatment: How to get the most out of it

by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

This is the first title to look at Reiki from the client’s perspective. Whether you are searching for relaxation, healing, or spiritual growth, a Reiki treatment can be a revelation. Find out how to make the most of your Reiki treatment experience. Learn how to prepare for your treatment, what to expect during it, and how to continue furthering your personal growth after the treatment is finished. Written by Bronwen and Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki.

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Reiki Techniques Card Deck: Heal Yourself Intuitively

by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Everyone on this planet has the ability to initiate self-healing-it’s your birthright. The techniques in this deck of 45 cards, selected from the most effective traditional and non-traditional Reiki techniques from around the globe, offer you the opportunity to consciously tap into your healing ability, supporting you on your natural path. Developed by Bronwen and Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki.

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The Animal Reiki Handbook

by Kathleen Prasad and SARA Members

Filled with practical tips and expert advice, this book will help give you the confidence you need to help the animals who need it most! Animal Reiki Teacher Kathleen Prasad has written the first eight chapters, with additional author contributions from SARA shelter staff members, SARA Reiki practitioners and a veterinarian. The book includes an introduction to the organization, mission and code of ethics of SARA, the Shelter Animal Reiki Association. Also covered is an introduction to animal Reiki, guidelines for working within shelters, considerations for treating in a variety of environments, and a list of activities to “get started.”

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Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

by Shunryu Suzuki

When Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind was published in 1972, it was enthusiastically embraced by Westerners eager for spiritual insight and knowledge of Zen. The book became the most successful treatise on Buddhism in English, selling more than one million copies to date. Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness is the first follow-up volume to Suzuki Roshi’s important work. Like Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, it is a collection of lectures that reveal the insight, humor, and intimacy with Zen that made Suzuki Roshi so influential as a teacher. The SandokaiÑa poem by the eighth-century Zen master Sekito Kisen

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Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen

by Shunryu Suzuki

Our tendency is to be interested in something that is growing in the garden, not in the bare soil itself. But if you want to have a good harvest, the most important thing is to make the soil rich and cultivate it well. In a beautiful companion volume to Shunryu Suzuki’s first book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, this is a collection of thirty-five lectures taken from the last three years of Suzuki’s life that has been masterfully edited by Edward Espe Brown, bestselling author and one of Suzuki’s students. In Not Always So Shunryu Suzuki voices Zen in everyday language,

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The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts

by Issai Chozansh

Woven deeply into the martial traditions and folklore of Japan, the fearsome Tengu dwell in the country’s mountain forest. Mythical half-man, half-bird creatures with long noses, Tengu have always inspired dread and awe, inhabiting a liminal world between the human and the demonic, and guarding the most hidden secrets of swordsmanship. In The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts, a translation of the 18th-century samurai classic by Issai Chozanshi, an anonymous swordsman journeys to the heart of Mt. Kurama, the traditional domain of these formidable beings. There he encounters a host of demon; through a series of discussions and often

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Shugendo: Essays on the Structure of Japanese Folk Religion

by Miyake Hitoshi

This volume of essays is the first comprehensive publication in English of the work of Miyake Hitoshi, a distinguished scholar of Shugendô (mountain asceticism) and one of the foremost researchers on Japanese folk religion. Miyake defines folk religion as “religion that emerges from the necessities of community life.” In Miyake’s systematic methodological and theoretical approach, Shugendô is a classic example of Japanese folk religion, for it blends many traditions (shamanism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Shinto) into a distinctive Japanese religious worldview and is typical of Japanese religion generally. The first part of the book is devoted to Shugendô and introduces the

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The Japanese Way of the Artist: Living the Japanese Arts & Ways, Brush Meditation…

by H. E. Davey

“Davey uses words with clarity and simplicity to describe the non-word realm of practicing these arts.” —Publishers Weekly “From an economic standpoint, this compilation sells for a price comparable to the price of a single copy of either of the first two works. In addition, the third work, The Japanese Way of the Flower: Ikebana as Moving Meditation, is no longer in print. This makes this compilation a very good deal and the quickest way to secure a copy of The Japanese Way of the Flower: Ikebana as Moving Meditation… In addition, the content of all three works is great.

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The Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba

by Morihei Ueshiba

For the first time in English, The Essence of Aikido presents the profound philosophy of Aikido in Morihei’s own words, disclosing many of the arcane secrets of Aikido’s aims and methods. Considered by many to be the greatest martial artist and spiritual teacher of the twentieth century, Morihei provides a wealth of clues to the often puzzling nature of the inseparable link between the physical and spiritual aspects of Aikido, revealing the heart of the peaceful warrior’s art. Elegantly translated and compiled by John Stevens, translator of Morihei’s Budo, the first half of The Essence of Aikido presents the most

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Yojokun: Life Lessons from a Samurai

by Kaibara Ekiken

The dawn of the 17th century saw peace descend on Japan. With the value of their martial skills on the decline, the samurai sought new spiritual, moral, psychological, and physical moorings. Tsunetomo Yamamoto, author of the now-classic Hagakure, combined a Confucian sense of justice with a Zen-influenced abandonment of the ego to espouse loyalty and death as paramount qualities of the samurai’s calling. Kaibara Ekiken (16301714), a samurai physician with philosophical and Buddhist leanings, took the opposite approach. He sought ways for a healthier, more rewarding life. In his Yojokun: Life Lessons from a Samurai, he collected six decades of

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Hara: The Vital Center of Man

by Karlfried Graf Dürckheim

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 theory and practice of Hara helps us find our essential self. When we speak of an individual’s state, we are actually referring to something that transcends the duality of body and soul, something that reflects the entirety of a person’s being. Because each of

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The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

by Takuan Soho

So succinct are the author’s insights that these writings have outlasted the dissolution of the samurai class to come down to the present and be read for guidance and inspiration by the captains of business and industry, as well as those devoted to the practice of the martial arts in their modern form.

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The Book of Five Rings

by Miyamoto Musashi

The Book of Five Rings is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. The Book of Five Rings was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Thomas Cleary’s translation is immediately accessible, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior

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The Catalpa Bow: A Study of Shamanistic Practices in Japan

by Carmen Blacker

In 1986 when the second edition of this book appeared, I recorded that during the previous ten years the subject of shamanism had burst into life in a manner scarcely predictable when the book was first written. Now that a third edition is promised, I must record a similar expansion, not to say explosion. In the West…the shaman has ceased to be the concern only of anthropologists and historians of religion. He has now entered the New Age… In Japan, the scene is rather different. No comparable New Age movement seems to have arisen there, despite what was labelled the

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The Essence of Shinto: Japan’s Spiritual Heart

by Motohisa Yamakage

In The Essence of Shinto, revered Shinto master Motohisa Yamakage explains the core values of Shinto and explores both basic tenets and its more esoteric points in terms readily accessible to the modern Western reader. He shows how the long history of Shintoism is deeply woven into the fabric of Japanese spirituality and mythology—indeed, it is regarded as Japan’s very spiritual roots—and discusses its role in modern Japan and the world. He also carefully analyzes the relationship of the spirit and the soul, which will provide informed and invaluable insight into how spirituality affects our daily existence. Through the author’s

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Japanese Culture, 4th Edition

by H. Paul Varley

For nearly three decades Japanese Culture has garnered high praise as an accurate and well-written introduction to Japanese history and culture. This widely used undergraduate text is now available in a new edition. Thoroughly updated, the fourth edition includes expanded sections on numerous topics, among which are samurai values, Zen Buddhism, the tea ceremony, Confucianism in the Tokugawa period, the story of the forty-seven ronin, Mito scholarship in the early nineteenth century, and mass culture and comics in contemporary times.

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