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The simplicity of the philosophy of an honest farmer-father who suffered under colonialism and the Korean War and lived on to experience the affluent modern culture that South Korea has become. Viewing suffering positively is the first step towards happiness: these stories give voice to a generation wishing to pass on to their children that the right attitude can bring far more happiness than material wealth.

Unquestionably a truly a worthy undertaking! In his classic work Masaaki Hatsumi reveals the hidden secrets behind this arcane, fascinating martial art. He looks at the traditions, training, and techniques, then shows how this knowledge will lead readers to an understanding of two essential principles: that ninjutsu is the distillation of the martial arts; and that ninjutsu illuminates its true spiritual significance. First paperback edition. By learning and understanding the philosophy and techniques found in these pages practitioners will enter the path of Mastery, whatever their chosen discipline might be.

Perhaps more than any other living creatures, cranes evoke the retreating wilderness, the vanishing horizons of clean water and air upon which their species and ours, too, though we learn it very late must ultimately depend for survival. This fabulous book is a photographic eulogy to the 3 species of crane in South Africa. The Big Seven are the most exciting, charismatic and often dangerous of the big game species. This book offers the reader a rare and intimate insight into the lives of these wonderful and increasingly endangered creatures. Bontecou became famous in the 's for her hulking, ferocious wall reliefs with yawning black cavities.

This show introduces her later works, after she dropped out of the scene: vacuum-formed sculptures from the early 70's, like mongrel toys, of fish and flowers; delicate mobiles and drawings, which flirt with kitsch but at their best are like the sculptures: suave, deeply mysterious, materially inventive, suggesting surreal or otherworldly universes.

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Hours: Thursdays through Mondays, 10 a. Because the work of the earlyth-century sculptor Constantin Brancusi and Frank Lloyd Wright's spiral rotunda share points of origin in dreams of Modernism, as well as palette, materials and simplified organic forms, not to mention a certain Art Deco flavoring, this exhibition is beautiful almost beyond belief. Its clarity provides a renewed sense of Brancusi's sensitivity for materials, his spirituality and his importance as the riverhead of Minimalism, especially with works of 20th-century abstraction from the museum's collection filling in the ramp after the show's 35 objects come to an end.

Hours: Saturdays through Wednesdays, 10 a.

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The first drawing retrospective of this influential Left Coast Pop artist is a little large, but it covers the development of his immeasurably influential fusion of image, language and materials with admirable order and precision. It is complemented by a small but dense selection of his photographs and books, including dozens of early images. These reveal a previously unknown side of his talent and his considerable achievement, as an heir to Walker Evans who discovered his indelibly American sensibility and subject matter while on a grand tour of Europe. Especially synergistic is the way both shows and their impressive catalogs clarify the importance of photography to all his efforts.

Hours Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a. The three participants in this year's artist-in-residence show -- David McKenzie, Wangechi Mutu and William Villalongo -- were all born in the 's. Black identity is everywhere in their work, but collaged, massaged, spoofed, battered, sliced up, sent up, given Frankensteinian forms, monstrous, sweet. In Mr. Villalongo's crisp paintings, an interracial band cavorts in dense jungles and on Mars.

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Mutu, born in Kenya, combines clipped magazine images of fashion models and machines with painting to create bionic banshees who seem to live in grasslands and wear leopard-skin scarves. That's a healthy sign for this museum, and one of the reasons it always rewards a visit. Hours: Wednesdays through Fridays, and Sundays, noon to 6 p. That American Indian art can provide the same aesthetic and emotional pleasure as European and American Modernism is the premise of this show, made up of objects from the Diker Collection. Masks, baskets, pots, clothing, baby carriers, painted hides, drawings and other treasures are displayed here not as ethnological artifacts, but as objects of art.

The works are as beautiful as any you are likely to find in a private holding. The show affirms the distance achieved in allotting American Indian art a worthy aesthetic place in world culture. Hours: daily, 10 a.

Free Grace Glueck. He had all the Beaux-Arts requisites: a passion for the classical past, respect for academic categories, proficient drawing and finicky high finish. His set piece here is "The White Slave" , a deliciously campy painting of an odalisque in a deluxe harem, dreamily blowing smoke through her nostrils as she faces two black women performing a less luxurious kind of servitude, laundry.

A more operatic scene is his painting of a court eunuch conjuring out of his opium pipe an androgynous figure and a cherub wielding a knife. An arrow slices through the cherub's crotch. But some works he painted on trips to North Africa and the Middle East are carefully observed documentations of religious and other customs. Has another reputation been resuscitated by this well-prepared show? No, it just provides further evidence of the dead end that spurred the French modernist movement.

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Chief among them were large painted amphorae vases filled with valuable olive oil from a sacred grove. The Met has placed nine of these treasures on display in special showcases in its first-floor Greek galleries, along with other works, and set up a kind of treasure hunt for visitors throughout the rest of the galleries by placing special markers next to other games-related art. Among the vases is one by an unknown painter bearing a beautifully stylized version of a two-horse chariot race; another depicts a pankration, a no-holds-barred combination of wrestling and boxing, that here shows a man grasping his opponent's leg.

Other pertinent works marked in the galleries include a poignant funeral monument from around B. Hours and admission: see above Glueck. Gedney , a Modernist photographer, and Mr. Wool, a postmodernist painter, each made resonant nocturnal urban photographs. Gedney's beautifully composed images of dark buildings, shot in cities during cross-country trips from to , exude an Edward Hopperesque mystery and lonesomeness.

Wool's raw and haphazardly composed photographs, made from the mid's to , show stains and puddles on sidewalks, razor-wire topped fences, overflowing trash bins, foraging mongrel dogs and other squalid and scary things. They have their own grungy beauty. Hours: Thursdays through Mondays, noon to 6 p. A grossly inflated retrospective of this immensely popular American Impressionist, he of the candied views of patriotic, flag-draped New York during World War I.

Retrospectives are supposed to change your notion of an artist, so I suppose you could say that this one succeeds by definitively ratcheting Hassam's reputation several notches down. The show is full of his cheerful, nostalgic views of Americana; skillful, high-keyed scenes full of flickering light, which, while occasionally brilliant, look especially facile brought together by the dozens, as they are here. Hassam could do almost anything technically in a variety of mediums: a night scene, the glint of water on the side of a horse-drawn carriage, dappled sun through a scrim of autumn trees, people massing in a canyon of tall buildings, a Seville courtyard in the slanting light of late afternoon.

Anything except what mattered most, which was to offer something deeper and daring. Hours and admission: see above Kimmelman. Woven by hand from carefully cultivated roots and plants, a basket could be a baby carrier, a saddlebag, a purse, a bowl for cooking or serving, a tray, a jar, a water bottle, a fish trap, a trunk, a seed scoop, a hat or even a coffin. This vivacious show presents more than examples of basket making in the museum's collection, going back to the early 19th century.

And it also displays work by five present-day practitioners, part of a growing number helping to keep the tradition alive. This does not mean repressing the strong emotions that arise or stopping the escape into story drama, but rather being aware of what you are choosing to feed. A wise old tale often attributed to the Cherokee warns that when many demons are struggling inside you, the one that you feed is the one that will become the strongest.

You alone are responsible for what you feed. Bearing witness can allow you to eventually come to terms with the most difficult life circumstances. The practice is always available to you regardless of the time, place, situation, or people involved. There is nothing that you cannot bear witness to, from dusting the lint off your sweater to living in a pit for two years. In bearing witness, you are actively engaged and embodied, even struggling, with whatever is arising.

Sometimes spiritual practices can have a neutralizing effect, flattening feelings rather than stimulating them. To hold to the center is not about becoming a spiritual zombie; it is about living the fullness of your own humanity. You are alive, so be fully alive. The third tenet is Taking Action.

It is impossible to predict what the action in any situation will be, or the timetable for when it will arise or what might result from it. The underlying intention is that the action that arises be a caring action, which serves everyone and everything, including yourself, in the whole situation. Sometimes the action is as simple as continuing on with the practice of the first two tenets of not-knowing and bearing witness; the very practice of the Three Tenets is itself a caring action.

And though the action that arises from the engagement of not-knowing and bearing witness is spontaneous and often surprising, it always fits the situation perfectly.