This is a small book, first written as an essay by one of the foremost Japanese Zen masters of the 20th century, Omori Sogen Roshi. Zen in America is thought to be a peaceful and calm practice, but few people realize that the calm is that found at the eye of a hurricane. What Zen and budo (Japanese for “martial arts”) both share is a need for great intensity of effort and relentless practice in order to become transcendent. One measure of that transcendence is the capacity to take away fear of all those you encounter.
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