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    DescriptionThis collection of parables written by an eighteenth-century samurai is a classic of martial arts literature. The tales are concerned with themes such as perception of conflict, self-transformation, the cultivation of chi (life energy), and understanding yin and yang. Some of the parables seem light and fanciful, but they offer the reader valuable lessons on the fundamental principles of the martial arts; "The Mysterious Technique of the Cat" is iconic. The "demon" in the title story refers to the mythical tengu, who guard the secrets of swordsmanship. A swordsman travels to Mt. Kurama, famous for being inhabited by tengu, and in a series of conversations he learns about mushin (no-mind), strategy, the transformation of chi, and how the path of the sword leads to the understanding of life itself. The author, Issai Chozanshi, had a deep understanding of Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shinto, as well as insight into the central role of chi in the universe--points that are succinctly explained in William Scott Wilson's fine introduction and extensive endnotes. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to truly understand the philosophical underpinnings of martial arts, and how these principles relate to our existence.


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    Title
    The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
    Subtitle
    and Other Tales
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Issai Chozanshi
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 188 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781590309896
    ISBN 10: 1590309898
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.9
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-SR
    BIC subject category V2: WSTM
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 69
    B&T Approval Code: A10250000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25280
    BISAC V2.8: PHI003000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 68
    BISAC V2.8: SPO027000
    B&T Approval Code: A09303056
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 796.86
    BISAC V2.8: SPO071000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC23: 796.815
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: U43.J3 N5813 2012
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: SRM
    Publisher
    Shambhala Publications Inc
    Imprint name
    Shambhala Publications Inc
    Publication date
    17 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Boston
    Author Information
    William Scott Wilson is the foremost translator into English of traditional Japanese texts on samurai culture. His best-selling translations include "Hagakure" and "The Book of Five Rings."
    Review quote
    "In keeping with his author's aims, William Scott Wilson, in his elegant and erudite translation, embeds the sermon between a kind of overture and a postlude comprising some of the charming animal allegories to be found in another Chozanshi book, the '"Inaka""Soshi"' (here winningly rendered as 'The Hayseed Taoist'). The centipede questions the snake, the sea gull and the mayfly discuss the 'Tao, ' and the toad speaks of the way of the gods. Their message is very like that of the demon--get down to essentials, forget yourself, rely on nothing, search for the heart of the truth."--"Japan Times"