George Ohsawa , founder of modern day macrobiotics, created a philosophy and lifestyle that was new and innovative during his time. In his book, Zen Macrobiotics , he was not only promoting prevention of diseases and prolonged life but also for spiritual awakening. With zen macrobiotics , Ohsawa developed the practice of appreciation and gratitude towards food. He felt that a plant based diet connected you to nature and a positive attitude with food achieved balance and happiness. This practice attracted many people because they were looking for a way to feel healthy physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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Includes Ohsawa's original recipes that show the great variety of possibilities macrobiotic foods present. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Zen MacRobiotics , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This book touts an ancient philosophy about food: the diet of ancient zen monks. While the recipes themselves are fine, the book's treatment of the philosophy is naive at best and disrespectful at worst.
Particularly, an ancient zen Buddhist diet did not have meat. So, a book about that diet should also not include meat. Now, I'll concede that concessions must be made in the name of modernity, but, in this book, that leniency fails to extend to the aspects of nutrition that truly matter. Going aga This book touts an ancient philosophy about food: the diet of ancient zen monks. Going against traditional doctrine by allowing for meat while remaining fundamentalist in regards to limiting fruit and vegetables is simply asinine.
Books about food should not condemn fruit and vegetables. The reason ancient Japanese subsisted primarily off rice was not because it was healthy, but because they had little other choice. In the modern age, it is simply irresponsible to suggest that bananas are unhealthy because they are too "yang. How, then, can one purposely live off nothing but rice without going against the very doctrine that advocates it? I believe the lifestyle this book advocates is flawed, but is an understandable byproduct of the era from which it came.
The author of this book, however, has no such excuse. His book is both a misrepresentation of tradition and a disservice to the modern. Nov 27, Cassandra Carico rated it liked it.
If you have read one George Ohsawa book, you have read them all. He does have some good advice, but it is always intermingled with an "I-hate-the-influence-of-the-evil-West-because-they-are-killing-our-perfect-Asian-selves" outlook and attitude Mar 15, Hung rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Jan 29, Jesse rated it it was amazing. This book is a good overview to Ohsawa's philosophy of macrobiotics.
It is essentially a method of healing oneself. It is based on the philosophy of Yin and Yang, and balancing those contradictory yet complimentary forces in your life.
The first place to do this is in one's diet. Ohsawa writes a lot about the failings of Western medicine, and how it treats symptoms instead of the root causes. This is pretty obvious, but it does get a little depressing after awhile. If I had not been practicing m This book is a good overview to Ohsawa's philosophy of macrobiotics. If I had not been practicing macrobiotics for the last 2 months already, I may have been turned off by Ohsawas negativity toward Westerners.
Well, probably not to tell the truth, but I can see how many people might. Therefore, I would recommend this book to people who have been practicing macrobiotics for awhile. Sep 23, Jenny rated it it was amazing. For anyone who wishes to understand the energy of food and how it affects your every emotion and connection to the world. Oct 24, Paige marked it as to-read Shelves: body-spirit-mind-emotion.
He spent the next 10 years studying these ideas, trying to confirm the application of the theories to various branches of science, and then promoted them within the UPM centres. Reeno Hashimoto rated it liked it Sep 30, Beth McCarthy rated it really liked it Mar 12, Nena rated it it was amazing Sep 05, Rose Casella rated it liked it Nov 01, Nhung Le rated it really liked it Sep 06, Eman AbuKhadra rated it really liked it May 10, Tuck Chalita rated it really liked it Mar 31, Pol rated it really liked it Jan 30, Roua Kassar rated it liked it Apr 01, Fanona rated it really liked it Apr 11, Benedetta Spada rated it it was amazing Feb 11, Hugo Filipe rated it it was amazing Aug 09, Kamkimos rated it it was amazing Dec 18, Mouhammad Ayyad rated it it was amazing Nov 01, Adrian Popa rated it really liked it Jun 17, Claudia rated it liked it Oct 03, Jordan rated it did not like it Apr 02, Ana rated it did not like it Dec 13, Ibtissem rated it really liked it Nov 21, Jessica rated it it was amazing Jun 25, Kittitouch Areerob rated it it was amazing Nov 28, Ilva rated it it was ok Jan 25, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. About George Ohsawa. George Ohsawa. George Ohsawa, born Nyoichi Sakurazawa, was the founder of the Macrobiotic diet and philosophy. He also used the French first name Georges while living in France, and his name is sometimes also given in this spelling. Ohsawa was born in a family whose father was descended directly fro George Ohsawa, born Nyoichi Sakurazawa, was the founder of the Macrobiotic diet and philosophy.
Ohsawa was born in a family whose father was descended directly from samurai. But this was the period of the Meiji Restoration and his family was very poor. He had to leave school after the compulsory high school as there was no money for higher education. This is when his spiritual path started.
Around he met up with Nishibata Manabu a direct disciple of the late Sagen Ishizuka and studied with him in Tokyo in the movement Shoku-yo Kai. Ohsawa also mentions in his books how he cured himself from tuberculosis at age 19 using what he knew about the ancient yin-yang concepts.
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He also used the French first name Georges while living in France, and his name is sometimes also given this spelling. He wrote about books in Japanese and 20 in French. He defined health on the basis of seven criteria: lack of fatigue, good appetite, good sleep, good memory, good humour, precision of thought and action, and gratitude. Ohsawa was born into a poor samurai family in Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture.
Zen MacRobiotics: The Art of Rejuvenation and Longevity
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