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The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts

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Book by Issai Chozanshi
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 15th 2006 by Kodansha International
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Samuel Shumaker
I personally love this book, written 284 years ago, but it's not for everyone. This translation is cryptic at the best of times, and unless you're familiar with a lot of vague taoist alchemy/esoteric martial arts concepts, it'll probably confuse the shitake mushrooms out of you. I AM familiar with many of them, and I still find it baffling at times.

Also, what was the translator thinking, renaming it in english? "The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts" is enough to scare off most christians and i
Jack Magruder
Don't be thrown off by the title. In Japan, the concept of a "demon" pretty much encompasses a variety of mythological beings: some of them benevolent, some malevolent. In this case, the bulk of the book relates to a hypothetical dialogue that a Samurai Sojourner has with a series of Tengu (birdlike Japanese mythological beings) about the "deepest secrets of the martial arts". However, in this particular version, there is also a collection of other stories on the same subject, all from a predomi ...more
Arthur Rosenfeld
Anything Bill Wilson translates is worth reading, and this is no exception.
Steven gave this to me as a present. It is about just what it says. Really wordy and strange. I read half and skimmed through the rest. There were a couple of interesting stories on reincarnation but not worth reading the whole thing to get to them.
If you are interested in martial arts or Zen, or philosophy then read this book. It tells a tail of how to look at life and existance from a different side than the usual western lens.
This is a good book on the principles and philosophies of the Martial Arts. This is not a book on technique or style, but more on how to be a Martial Artist.
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Huge reread value. Abstract meditations on the nature of ch'i.
This book provides deep insights involving martial arts!
Great book. There is a lot of wisdom in here.
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“When you know yourself, you will be clear within and keep yourself well in check. Thus, there will be no reason for anyone to come and be your opponent. Even if your knowledge is insufficient and you make mistakes, it will not be your fault. Just entrust things to Heaven.” 0 likes
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