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Zen and the Art of Combat

Zen seems to describe a state of mind, for many Westerners, of perfect calm, deep insight, and mysterious and exotic power. When linked to Japanese budo, as it very often is in the West, Zen appears to connote some spiritual element that elevates the art into the realm of the metaphysical.

ZEN BUDDHISM is one form of that religion. In brief: Buddhism teaches that much of life’s suffering comes from illusion. We suffer because we don’t think we are successful or handsome or rich enough, because of

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