Virtues in the Martial Arts

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Virtues in the Martial Arts
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Note: When this webpage was first created in 2004 it reflected my interest in the topics presented in Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa.  In September, 2005, in began its expansion into the topics of martial virtues, Buddhism and the martial arts, bushido, the code of the warrior, military ethics, courage, etc..  Tibetan Buddhism, indcluding Tantric practices and yoga are covered on another webpage.


Starting on April 8, 2016, this webpage will move to a new location:  

The emphasis on the new webpage will be different, less Buddhist, more philosophical, more inclusive. 


Alphabetical Index to the Cloud Hands website.

The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu
: The Secrets of Kung Fu for Self-Defense, Health and Enlightenment.  By Wong, Kiew Kit.  Charles E. Tuttle, 2002.  215 pages.  ISBN:

Arts - Contemplative - Nalanda

Awakening to the Sacred: Creating a Spiritual Life from Scratch.  By Lama Surya Das.  New York, Broadway Books, 1999.   382 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 0767902750.   

Barefoot Zen: The Shaolin Roots of Kung Fu and Karate.   By Nathan J. Johnson.  Red Wheel/Weiser, 2000.   352 pages.  ISBN: 1578631424.  

Bushido: The Virtures of Rei and Makoto.  By Arthur J. Stewart.  Celtic Cat Publishing, 2005.  96 pages.  ISBN: 0965895068.  

Buddhism - Tibetan: Shambhala Warriorship, Tantra, Yoga

Bushido: The Way of the Samurai.  By Tsunetomo Yamamoto.  Translated by Minoru Tanaka.  Edited by Justin F. Stone. Square One Publishers, 2001.  109 pages.  ISBN: 0757000266.

Bay Area Shambhala - Northern California Community

The Beginner's Guide to Zen Buddhism.   By Jean Smith.   Bell Tower, 2000.  ISBN: 0609804669.   224 pages.  A very elementary introduction to Zen practice.   

Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center    

The Bodhisattva Warriors: The Origin, Inner Philosophy, History and Symbolism of the Buddhist Martial Art within India and China.   By Shifu Tomio Nagaboshi and Shifu Terrence
Dukes.  Red Wheel/Weiser, 1994.   560 pages.  ISBN: 0877287856.

Buddhist Ethics:  Links, bibliography, quotations.   

Budo Secrets: Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters.  By John Stevens.  Boston, Shambhala, 2001.  115 pages.  ISBN: 1570629153.   

Chen Style of Taijiquan: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes 

Chogyam Trungpa    

Classics of Taijiquan     

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The Complete Book of Zen   By Wong, Kiew Kit.  Vintage/Ebury, 2001.  335 pages.  ISBN: 0091876559.

Contemplative Arts - Nalanda  

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.   By Chogyam Trungpa.  Edited by John Baker and Marvin Casper.  Illustrated by Glen Eddy.  Boston, Shambhala, 1987.  Index, 250 pages.   ISBN:0877730504.  VSCL.  

Davis Shambhala Meditation Center   

The Eight Gates of Zen: A Program of Zen Training.   By John Daido Loori.  Edited by Bonnie Myotai Treace and Konrad Ryushin Marchaj.  Boston, Shambhala, 2002.  270 pages.  ISBN:  1570629528.  VSCL.  

Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness
: Walking the Buddha's Path.  By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.  Boston, Wisdom Publications, 2001.  Index, bibliography, 268 pages.  ISBN: 0861711769.  VSCL.  Refer also to my notes on the Eight Precepts.

Eight Section Brocade Qigong   

The Essential Chogyam Trungpa.   Edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian.  Boston, Shambhala, 1999.  Index, bibliography, 251 pages.  VSCL.  ISBN: 1570624666.

The Five Precepts of Buddhism   Bibliography, links, quotes, notes.  

Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala.  By Chogyam Trungpa, Dorje Dradul of Mukpo.  Edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian.  foreward by Diana Judith Mukpo.  Boston, MA, Shambhala, 2001.  Index, 267 pages.  365 pages.  ASIN: 1570628181.  

Haiku and Zen Poetry     

Kung Fu: History, Philosophy and Techniques.   By David Chow and Richard Spangler.  Unique Publications, 1989.  228 pages.  ISBN: 0865680116.

Living the Martial Way: A Manual for the Way a Modern Warrior Should Think.  By Forrest E. Morgan.   Barricade Books, 1992.   312 pages.  ISBN: 0942637763.

Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics.   Robert Aitken.   North Point Press, 1984.  199 pages.  A thorough, scholarly, and wise commentary on Buddhist precepts 
and morality.  

Nalanda: Culture and Art in Everyday Life    

One Arrow, One Life: Zen, Archery, and Enlightenment.   By Kenneth Kushner.  Charles E. Tuttle, 2000.  112 pages.  ISBN: 0804832463.

The Places That Scare You; A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
.  By Pema Chodron.  Boston, Shambhala, 2002.  140 pages.  ISBN: 1570629218.  

Portland Shambhala Meditation Center     

The Practice of Happiness: Exercises and Techniques for Developing Mindfulness, Wisdom and Joy.   By Mirko Fryba.  Translated by Michael H. Kohn.  Boston, Shambhala, 1987, 1995.  Notes, index, 214 pages.  ISBN: 1570621233.

Qigong - Cloud Hands   

Qigong Empowerment: A Guide to Medical, Taoist, Buddhist, and Wushu Energy Cultivation.  By Liang, Shou-Yu and Wu, Wen-Ching.  Edited by Denise Breiter-Wu.  Rhode Island, Way of the Dragon Publishing, 1997.  Index, glossary, 348 pages.  ISBN: 1889659029.

Return to Silence: Zen Practice in Daily Life.   By Dainin Katagiri, Roshi.  Boston, Shambhala, 1988.  194 pages.  ISBN: 0877734313.   May be a bit challenging and confusing for beginners; but, frequently cited by Zen students.

Saber, Broadsword, Dao - Taijiquan

Sacred World: The Shambhala Way to Gentleness, Bravery and Power
.  By Jeremy W. Hayward and Karen Hayward.  Shambhala, 1998.  Second Edition.  304 pages.  ISBN: 1570623619.  1st Edition, Origional Title: Sacred World: A Guide to Shambhala Warriorship in Daily Life.  New York, Bantam Books, 1995.  ISBN: 0553371959.  

San Francisco Shambhala Center

Shambhala International Organization

Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior.  By Chogyam Trungpa.  Edited by Carolyn Rose Gimian.  Shambhala, 1988.  Reissue Edition.  202 pages.  ISBN:  0877732647.   

Shambhala Training Program

Shambhala Training Glossary   

Shambhala Warriorship   

The Shaolin Arts:  Shaolin Kungfu, Taijiquan, Qigong and Zen.   By Wong Kiew Kit.  The Master Answers Series.   Cosmos Publishing, 2002.  252 pages.  ISBN: 9834087926.

Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center

Start Where You Are:  A Guide to Compassionate Living.  By Pema Chodron.  Boston, Shambhala, 2001.  176 pages.  ISBN: 1570628394.

Sun Style of Taijiquan:  Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes 



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Staff Weapons - Shaolin    

Swordsmanship - Taijiquan

The Sword of No Sword: Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu.  By John Stevens.  Boston, Shambhala, 1994.  

Tantric Buddhism - Tibet: Shambhala Warriorship, Tantra, Yoga

Swordsmanship - Taijiquan Jian, Kendo

The Spirit of Gardening    Gardening considered as a contemplative art - Nalanda.  

The Spiritual Legacy of the Shaolin Temple:  Buddhism, Daoism, and the Energetic Arts.  By Andy James.   Foreword by Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson.  Summerville, MA,  Wisdom
Publications, 2004.  179 pages.  I SBN: 0861713524.   VSCL.    

T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom.   By Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt.  Boston, Shambhala, 2001.  256 pages.  ISBN: 1570624453.   Excellent guide for beginning students!  Website:     This Zen meditation and Tai Chi teacher has written an excellent and inspiring book.  VSCL.    

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Classics

T'ai Chi Ch'uan - Cloud Hands   Taijiquan considered as a contemplative art (Nalanda).

Tai Chi Swordsmanship

Taijiquan - Links

Taking the Path of Zen.   By Robert Aitken, Roshi.  San Francisco, North Point Press, 1985.  149 pages. ISBN: 0865470804.   Informative and wise advice for Zen students by 
a influential leader and fine Zen Master.    

Temple Qigong

The Ten Grave Precepts of Buddhism   Bibliography, links, quotes, notes.  

The Three Pillars of Zen : Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment.   By Philip Kapleau, Roshi.  Originally published in 1965.  Revised and expanded edition in March, 1989.  Anchor Books, 1989.  448 pages.   ISBN: 0385260938.   A classic introduction that has influenced many readers.  

Tibetan Buddhism: Shambhala Warriorship, Tantra, Yoga

The Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master.  By Soho, Takuan.  Translated by William Scott Wilson.  Tokyo, Kodansha International, 1988.  ISBN:   087011851X.    

The Way to Shambhala.  By Edwin Bernbaum.   Boston, Shambhala, 2001.  Index, bibliography, notes, glossary, 316 pages.  ISBN: 1570628742.   

Willpower, Resolve, Determination: Quotes, Links, Bibliography, Resources.

Zen and Japanese Culture.   By Suzuki, Daisetsu.  Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1970.  502 pages.  ISBN: 0691017700.  Two chapters on swordsmanship.  

Zen in the Art of Archery.  By Eugen Herrigel.  Introduction by D. T. Suzuki.  Random House, 1999.   96 pages.  ISBN: 0375705090.  

Zen in the Martial Arts.   By Joe Hyams.  New York, Bantam, 1982.  144 pages.  ISBN: 0553275593.  

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings.    Edited by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki.  Shambhala Pocket Classics, 1994.  Originally published in 1957.  285 pages.  ISBN: 1570620636.   A collection of Zen koans, stories, poems, and sayings.   In 1963,  I read Paul Reps, Alan Watts, R.H. Blyth, and D.T. Suzuki; and my views about spirituality were greatly uplifted and changed forever.

Zen in Motion: Lessons from a Master Archer on Breath, Posture, and the Path of Intuition.  By Neil Claremon.  Inner Traditions, 1992.  127 pages.  ISBN: 089281361X.

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
.   By Shunryu Suzuki.   Edited by Trudy Dixon.   New York, Weatherill, 1970, 1997.  ISBN: 0834800799.  132 pages.   On nearly every Zen student's 
list as one of the five most influential books about Zen Buddhism they have read.   It is said that Chogyam Trungpa was very much impressed with Shunryu Suzuki.   

Zen Poetry

The Zen Way to the Martial Arts.  By Jean Taisen Deshimaru.  A Japanese master reveals the secrets of the samurai.  Introduction by George Leonard.  New York, E. P. Dutton, 
1982.  120 pages.  ISBN: 0525483608.  

Yang Style of Taijiquan: Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes 

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