"Jeff Eisenberg has written a down-to-earth, informative investigation of the converging values and practices of martial arts training and the Buddhist path. His insights and reflections are honest and easy to follow, elucidating a wide variety of spiritual insights. You'll enjoy these reflections; they may even point you towards black belt enlightenment."
Josh Korda, Buddhist writer for Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and Wisdom Publications. Lead Dharma Teacher of NYC Dharma Punx.
Although Fighting Buddha is about the author’s personal journey in reconciling his enjoyment and successful career in martial arts with his Buddhist ‘do no harm’ philosophy, to me, the book reaches beyond the boundaries of martial arts and Buddhism and speaks to anyone who wishes to be a better person and to live their life more fully and authentically. The author speaks from his heart, and shoots from his hip. I found it a very enjoyable and enlightening read.
What I got out of the book is the overarching importance of personal responsibility for your life and happiness. Everyone’s conscience and ideals are going to be different, as are everyone’s struggles. At the end of the day, we are still left with ourselves - and we’ll be a lot better off if we can look in the mirror and accept whatever reality is staring back at us. You can’t effect change without first accepting reality.
The book is a terrific addition to Buddhist and Martial Arts sections in the stores, but it also could use shelf space in the Self-Help area.
My all-time favorite quote is in this book: “You are perfect, but you could use some improvement.” And I think that sums- up the message. And how the author arrives at that message is absolutely worth reading. Amazon
This book is a REFRESHING addition to the growing field of books on applying mindfulness/meditation in daily life. I am especially appreciative, as a meditation teacher, of how Jeff embraces the notion that mindfulness can be practiced in every activity of human living...especially in "hard core" martial arts. As a creative meditator/meditation teacher, and now a Jiu Jitsu practitioner, I could not put this book down! I especially appreciate Jeff's candidness and honesty in talk about the phenomena of cults/groupies/teacher workship that he has experienced first hand in both meditation and martial arts circles. Thank you, Jeff! Amazon
Mr. Eisenberg has had bad experiences. He’s been led astray by teachers, seen disgusting martial-arts snake oil sold as legitimate self-defense, and watched Buddhist leaders acting badly, practicing the opposite of what they preach. He doesn’t call anyone out by name, but he writes extensively of the misdeeds and charlatanism he’s witnessed over the years. The Tattooed Buddha
"Fighting Buddha: A Story of Martial Arts, Buddhism, Kicking Ass and Saving It" is Jeff Eisenberg's personal memoir and details his forty year journey in martial arts and meditation training, as well as some 25 years of Buddhist practice. Using autobiographical anecdotes, along with martial art fighting strategies, Buddhist folk stories, and koan and sutra teachings, Eisenberg explores both the benefits and detriments of each practice, as well as how they complement each other as a singular practice. An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, exceptionally well written, organized and presented read from beginning to end. Midwest Book Review