Spirituality as a Way: The Wisdom of Japan (Paperback)

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By Naoki Kashio (Editor), Carl Becker (Editor)
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How do Japanese people foster spiritual awareness? This book provides a fresh perspective on spirituality by highlighting the wisdom of Japan: ‘Way’ (pronounced michi or do in Japanese), which makes life a place for self-cultivation and personal growth, as seen in budo (the Way of martial arts) and geido (the Way of art). Traditionally embodied in the daily lives of the Japanese people, this practical perspective covers life situations ranging from greetings and meals to lying down and sitting up. These discussions of Japanese spirituality range from grief care, spiritual care, reincarnation, Zen and meditation to philosophical worldviews. Japanese spirituality as a Way contrasts with Western spirituality that tends to be based on a cognitive approach with a background of mind-body dualism. Today, as the traditional interconnectedness of humanity is increasingly fragmented, the authors hope their contribution from Japan may promote the study, understanding, and practice of spirituality around the world.

About the Author

Naoki Kashio is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Letters, Keio University. He specializes in comparative meditation theory and meditation practices, especially internal alchemy. Carl Becker is Professor at the Policy Science Unit, Kyoto University. He researches Japanese medical and environmental ethics, death, and dying. He received honorary doctorates of Letters and Psychology from Bombay and Moscow, and awards from ADEC, SIETAR and the Crown Prince Akihito Foundation. Becker leads a national Japanese project investigating the effects of bereavement on productivity and medical costs, and serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781925608076
ISBN-10: 1925608077
Publisher: Trans Pacific Press
Publication Date: June 30th, 2021
Pages: 232
Language: English