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Nothing Works-Meditations on Aikido, Buddhism, the Tao, Zen, and other inconsequential things...
by Sawer, James
Published: 2011
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 978-1-4653-7114
Abstract | Contents
Nothing Works is a book of blending, similar to the practices and philosophies that are the subject of the poems. The poems reflect personal study, thought, and practice in Aikido, Buddhism, meditation, yoga, the Tao, and Zen, combined with a Western overview. The poems are heavily influenced by the styles of classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, particularly the landscape tradition of Chinese poetry of Mountains-and-Rivers, which empasizes the wilder aspects of landscape, and with Fields-and-Gardens, representing the more domestic aspects of landscape. The author has added a third category he calls Concrete-and-Steel, based on a more modern, urban perspective, but still inspired by and honoring the prior Chinese poetic traditions. In real life Jim currently works oas a grant manager and has many years prior experience working in the social service field. Jim has a long-term interest in the martial arts and has been studying and practicing Aikido for fourteen years, in which he holds a dan ranking. Jim also has interests in meditation, yoga, and Eastern philosophies, in general. He has a Master's Degree in Management, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Jim is also a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. Jim was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Jim presently resides in the Chicago area.
Contents Introduction Battlefield City streets Aikido journey Delusion of words Hypercosmic God A little more Basho Confusion Agonies Nothing works Who is left? Enduring Just do it Dojo bell Ecstasy of practice Path? I do Hobo kore dojo Life's jar Aikido moon Home Scotch and sake Grunt Going back Dead and gone Nitten soji A flying bird No end Drifting Night Boulder of aikido Morning mist Legacy Ainuke Passing world Shadow Sight Struggle Testing Rei The view Unplanned complexity What is left? Monkey brain Clouds Blade's edge Gateless Ryome Sad wonder Song of aikido Polishing the tile Reflection What is Stinking True nature The other side Bow wave My only companion Painless aikido Bright moon Wisdom The gateless gate Embrace the moon Gentle leaves Glimpses Heron Just you The path Moon on the water Training Yin and yang Glossary Notes

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