Join us for a book reading & signing with Stephen Earle, author of Heaven's Wind: The Life and Teachings of Nakamura Tempu-A Mind-Body Integration Pioneer. Preorder your signed copy and receive a 10% discount! Event is free and open to the public.
About the Book: For the first time in English, Stephen Earle tells the epic story of Nakamura Tempu, one of Japan’s most inspirational twentieth-century thinkers and teachers, whose mind-body approach to personal transformation influenced hundreds of thousands, including prominent leaders in government, industry, and the arts. Earle chronicles Tempu’s origins in the samurai tradition, his genius for martial arts, and his work in Manchuria as a spy during the Russo-Japan War of 1904–1905. He relates how, after escaping a Russian firing squad, Tempu contracted tuberculosis; how he embarked on a search for a cure that led to the halls of Columbia University, the salons of Paris, and the foothills of the Himalayas, where he practiced yoga under the tutelage of an Indian guru; and how he not only regained his health but also underwent a spiritual transformation. This transformation laid the groundwork for the secular and practical methodology for self-realization and the cultivation of will that Tempu developed and disseminated to the sick and socially disenfranchised, as well as to princes and prime ministers. Over the course of nine decades, Tempu’s philosophy of mind-body unification has charted a clear and accessible path to mastery over hardship and the ability to meet life’s challenges head-on. Yet, the man, his story, his teachings, and his legacy remain almost unknown outside of Japan—until now. In addition to demonstrating how Tempu’s teachings were significant to Japan’s reconstruction and economic rise following the devastation of World War II, Heaven’s Wind is also an engaging historical narrative, an account of personal transformation, and a clear guide to the practical philosophy of mind-body unity.
About the Author: A long-time student of Japanese language, culture, and history, Stephen Earle has lived and worked in Japan, China, and Singapore and estimates he has crossed the Pacific at least 250 times. He is also a retired entrepreneur and former executive board member of a publicly traded Japanese corporation. Earle has practiced the martial art of aikido for over forty-five years and is head of a school of aikido in Richmond, Virginia.