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The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts

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The Demon said to the swordsman, "Fundamentally, man's mind is not without good. It is simply that from the moment he has life, he is always being brought up with perversity. Thus, having no idea that he has gotten used to being soaked in it, he harms his self-nature and falls into evil. Humandesire is the root of this perversity."
Woven deeply into the martial traditions
Hardcover, 221 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Kodansha (first published September 15th 2006)
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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.
Un guerriero si reca sul monte Kurama in cerca dei Tengu, e ne trova una legione. O Forse è solo un sogno? Essere dalle capacità portentosi, forse in possesso anche di prodigiose abilità marziali, svelano i loro segreti attraverso una serie di conversazioni profonde, sulla Via della spada, ma applicabili ad ogni sfera del vivere quotidiano.

Ho trovato molto interessante la sezione iniziale in cui diversi animali affrontano discorsi profondi in maniera semplice e diretta. Finzione che sia, spesso
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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Pen name of Niwa Jurozaemon Tadaaki (1659-1741)
Also known as Chozan Shissai
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“Thus, there is nothing that is hidden. And it is just like this in Learning. For the disciples of Lao Tzu, the Buddha, Chuang Tzu, Lieh Tzu, Ch’ao Fu, and Hsu Yu,53 they were one in seeing the essence of mind in selflessness and absence of desire. Thus, they had not a hair’s breadth of selfish thought in their heads to encumber them. It was simply that the landscape they saw was different, and so in their separation, their schools were different.” 1 likes
“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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