Every Thursday evening and Friday afternoon at the World Seido Karate Headquarters in New York City, Kaicho Nakamura teaches a Zen meditation class, at the end of which he delivers a simple and profound lecture. Sixty-five of those lectures are collected here, transcribed for the first time, along with information about the nature and practice of meditation and its relevance to the martial arts.
The first part of the book offers practical information about meditation class procedures, posture and positions for sitting, the importance of the breath, and moving meditation. The lectures themselves open up the rarely discussed philosophical underpinnings of the martial arts.
Believing that meditation is not a mere accessory to karate but an integral part of any martial arts training, Kaicho Nakamura has used the principles of Zen philosophy to develop a system of meditation that is free of any religious, national, or organizational overtones. One Day - One Lifetime presents a prescription for the development of calmness and inner strength, the too often neglected true essence of karate.
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Kaicho Nakamura is the founder and director of the World Seido Karate Organization.
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