The Spiritual Legacy of Shaolin Temple - Praise

Buddhism, Daoism, and the Energetic Arts


208 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861713523

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“For reasons of language, culture and politics, Westerners have long found the complex interplay between Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism—the Three Doctrines of China--a dense and thorny jungle. Andy James’s book coheres these philosophies, belief systems and practices in a compulsively readable and personal way. The Spiritual Legacy of the Shaolin Temple is a must for the sinophile and Buddhist, and a surprisingly useful book for the internal martial artist too, as it explains the roots of these fantastic and arcane practices and argues persuasively for their place in modern society.”—Arthur Rosenfeld, author of The Truth About Chronic Pain, and the novel, Dark Tracks

The Spiritual Legacy of the Shaolin Temple is perhaps the most concise, accurate, and clearly written history of Shaolin, Buddhism, and Daoism I have read. James has a rich personal history that led him to study wu shu, and the practical instructions in the last chapter will allow any reader interested in internal martial arts and meditation to begin practicing immediately. This is a valuable addition to anyone’s library.”—BK Loren, author of The Way of the River: Adventures and Meditations of a Woman Martial Artist