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Bodhisattva Warriors, The

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Terence Dukes presents an all-encompassing account of the origins, history and influences in the Buddhist art called exclusively Chuan Fa (Kung Fu) by its Chinese practitioners.

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This is a unique and extensive study of the genesis and development of the earliest form of Buddhist self defense practiced by monks and mystics, examining the philosophical and physical basis of the skills they developed and passed on to subsequent generations.

The text covers the first thousand years in ancient India and China of the development of the Buddhist art of Chuan Fa, known as Kempo in Japan, and popularized as Kung Fu in the media. Proper Chuan Fa embodies a spiritual tradition from which most of the significant schools of Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Thai Boxing, and even Judo and other martial arts have developed their techniques. The real Chuan Fa is an exploration, study, and discovery of the body through the medium of the mind, but unfortunately most modern martial arts taught in the West have lost the spiritual teaching at the heart of their practice and the profound philosophy upon which they are based.

There are many who mistakenly believe Buddhism to be a predominantly philosophical teaching that regards physical and spiritual being as incompatible, or even antagonistic, toward each other. This book seeks to reunite these concepts. Over 100 illustrations. Glossary, bibliography, and index.


"Most martial artists prefer to forget that their styles originated with peace-loving monks at the fabled Shaolin Temple. Dukes' historical survey urked a few of the more violent, less intelligent practitioners, attacking Master Dukes on websites (now defunct) devoted to their hatred.

Sadly, the majority of martial artists are as far away as possible from the Bodhisattvas who created the original archetypal forms. Dukes is the 'thug-turned-saint' anamoly that has written from his unique perspective of martial arts history."       ~Mandala Books

"I really wanted to like that book, but it made so little sense to me. He had some odd points, but in the end, I really couldn't put together what he was saying, what his point was. I wasn't aware of his controversial status. In fact, beyond that book, I wasn't really aware of him at all."       ~Gene Ching, Kung Fu Magazine

Author Dukes, Terence
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 560 pp.
Publisher Samuel Weiser, Inc. 1994
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