Jack Halpern is the CEO of the CJK Dictionary Institute in Japan, which specializes in the compilation of CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and Arabic lexical databases and is one of the world’s prime sources of CJK dictionaries. A lexicographer by profession, Halpern spent sixteen years compiling the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary published in the U.S. by NTC/McGraw-Hill in 1994. As a research fellow at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, he was the editor-in-chief of several kanji dictionaries for learners, which have become standard reference works. Halpern has published over twenty books, including The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary: Revised and Expanded and The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary as well as numerous articles. He has given over 600 public lectures on Japanese language and culture, and presented several dozen papers at international conferences. Jack Halpern has lived in Japan for over 30 years. He was born in Germany and lived in six countries including France, Brazil, and the U.S. An avid polyglot, he has studied fifteen languages (fluent in ten). - See more at: http://www.kodanshausa.com/books/9781568364087/#sthash.OqcK8Jan.dpuf
An inside look at Buddhist “boot camp” from a monk-in-training at Japan’s strictest temple.
When Kaoru Nonomura left his everyday life in Tokyo to undertake a year of ascetic training at the Eiheiji monastery, he had no idea what he was getting into. Like many people, he believed that “zen” meant sitting quietly and calmly waiting for enlightenment. What he discovered at Eiheiji was quite the opposite. Enlightenment happens only after one endures the most rigorous physical and mental training regimen, where every moment of the day – and night – is regulated by a rigid set of rules. The trainee must learn to accept total submission, including sleep deprivation, a near-starvation diet, hours of agonizing seated meditation, back-breaking physical labor, and severe punishments for seemingly-minor infractions.
Yet, Nonomura tells of his experiences with great warmth and humor. He introduces us to his fellow trainees, and talks about how these friendships helped strengthen his resolve to stay on the path to a more spiritual life.
EAT SLEEP SIT is both a very personal story and an introduction to the teachings and practices of Zen Buddhism. Readers will come away feeling inspired and full of admiration for Nonomura’s courage in embarking on this journey.
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