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The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei
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Olympic champions or the stars of professional sports, but
the "marathon monks" of Japan's sacred Mount Hiei. Over a
seven-year training period, these "running buddhas" figuratively
circle the globe on foot. During one incredible 100-day
stretch, they cover 52.5 miles daily-twice the length of an
Olympic marathon. And the prize they seek to capture is the
greatest thing a human being can achieve: enlightenment in
the here and now.
This book is about these amazing men, the magic mountain
on which they train, and the philosophy of Tendai
Buddhism, which inspires them in their quest for the supreme.
The reader will learn about the monks' death-defying fasts,
their vegetarian training diet, their handmade straw running
shoes, and feats of endurance such as their ceremonial
leap into a waterfall. Illustrated with superb photographs,
the book also contains the first full-length study in English
of Mount Hiei and Tendai Buddhism.
John Stevens lived in Japan for thirty-five years, where
he was a professor of Buddhist studies at Tohoku Fukushi
University in Sendai. Stevens is a widely respected translator,
an ordained Buddhist priest, a curator of several major exhibitions
of Zen art, and an aikido instructor. He has authored
more than thirty books and is one of the foremost Western
experts on aikido, holding a ranking of 7th dan Aikikai.
Stevens has also studied calligraphy for decades, authoring
the classic Sacred Calligraphy of the East. Other John Stevens
titles that are likely to be of interest include Extraordinary Zen
Masters and The Philosophy of Aikido.
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