Martial arts meditation and zen are hot topics in todays age the compilation of essays here attempt to connect these practices and ideas together to elucidate their concepts for those not involved in such practices and to augment the understanding of those who are. Without a foundation in zen one can hardly understand the full extent of the philosophy of the practice of martial arts without zen the practice of martial arts is a meaningless practice and it becomes simply a sport like hockey or baseball of course there is nothing wrong with sports but they are only games that function as a form of . There have been several popular books about zen buddhism and martial arts including eugen herrigels classic zen and the art of archery 1948 and joe hyamss zen in the martial arts 1979 and there has been no end of films featuring shaolin kung fu buddhist monks although not everyone may recognize the zen shaolin connection. Later the different meditations i would practice especially zen meditations would benefit me in a plethora of ways that i was unable to see when i first started meditating. The role of zen in martial arts this article focuses on the influence of zen on the martial arts and presents a sample view of zen master taisen deshimaru who often wrote and spoke of zen and the principles of bushido the way of the warrior which grewin part out of buddhist principles buddhism is a philosophy of personal
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