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Training to be a Jedi Knight includes the following paths. Each path leads to the final path, the goal of a Jedi Knight. A Jedi can choose to focus on one or more of these at any given time. A Jedi is a master if they achieve mastery in one or more of the 12 paths.
The 12 Paths of a Jedi Knight ·Training and practice in meditation ·Training and practice in martial arts (specifically) ·Training and practice in the healing arts ·Training and practice in psychic awareness and social graces ·Training and practice in mediation, diplomacy, and peacemaking ·Training and practice in the Jedi philosophy and religion ·Training and practice in teaching, coaching, and mentoring ·Training and practice in practical skills for defending and protecting others ·Training and practice in gentle and objective deliberation, persuasion, and debate ·Training and practice in literary and theatrical arts ·Training and practice in working with energy and the supernatural ·Sustained pursuit of knowledge and wisdom and attaining a good measure thereof The goal: To use one or more of these masteries to better serve others. Modern day examples of higher profile Jedi Knights are the police and firefighters who rescued people after the 9/11 disaster at the World Trade Center in New York City, disaster relief workers who left their homes and families and traveled to New Orleans to help those whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Katrina, doctors who travel to developing countries to give healing aid to so many who have little or nothing, religious leaders like the Dalai Lama, and Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie who use their stardom and resources to help others and make the world a better place.
Being a member of The Jedi Order (belonging to another Temple of which did not write this book), I must say that it DID nail the basic properties of Jediism, but its not what all of the Jedi Temples believe (different Temples have different belief structures and teachings). But comparing my Temples point of view to this guide: The word "SITH" is used in a very fictional manner. Sith should have been replaced with "Tyrant", "Dictator", or simply "Bad Persons". My Temple teaches that real Sith simply have a different set of beliefs when it comes to emotional control and whatnot, and aren't nessesarily bad people or enemies of the real Jedi. The book states that "Adolf Hitler was a Sith". He was not. He didn't belong to any Jedi or Sith organizations. In TRUTH, he belonged to the Nazi organization and he was simply a very evil dictator. A "bad person", if you will. And I feel there were too many refferences to George Lucas and other fictional characters such as Yoda and Luke Skywalker. George Lucas is neither a Jedi or Sith, and Yoda is a fictional character (but at the same time was scripted with some really good advice). OVERALL, this was a very good read and really hammered down the essentials of the emotional teachings of what it means to be a real Jedi. UNFORTUNATLY, if you want the Jedi Manual that the fictional Jedi actually studied from, and consists of the footnotes of various fictional characters you can simply order the "official" Jedi study guide called, "THE JEDI PATH". I can't wait to read more from this series! But i wish there was more truth and less fiction when dealing with the topic of "Sith" and other small various segments, although we can always find truth in all that is fiction.
As the product says it is a basic Jedi manual. It introduces the reader to the basics of the modern Jedi spiritual movement and helps one to apply some of these teachings. It does not go into extreme depth, but does encourage the reader to do further research on their own. It is a wonderful introduction in my opinion.
It does not promise to be the end all be all on the Jedi movement but it definitely serves its purpose as a general and basic introduction. Mr. Vossler's writing style helps the facts to be very understandable and engaging. I hope to see more writings on Jediism in the future from Mr. Vossler especially those more advanced topics.
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I bought this in e book format and paid $3.00; therefore, I feel I got what I paid for. The book is basic, as stated. I read the entire book on a 45 minute run on the treadmill. As this is my first book on Jedi realism ,I felt it was informative and laid out what the author and other movements believe to be the traits of a modern day Jedi.
The book reads a bit like a thesis paper. The author lays out 12 Paths of a Jedi Knight and suggests mastering two of the paths in order for the Jedi to achieve mastery. I would have like to see at least one example under some of the various suggested paths for Jedi mastery but the author does point to other resources to delve further.
One path is training and practice in the martial arts (specifically), I was curious to what "specifically"means but the book doesn't address martial arts training at all. As a long time self defense practitioner I wanted to at least read what a modern day Jedi might train in, either hands on self defense or other esoteric techniques.
I am interested to see how the second book will read.