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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. Human desire 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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Nov 28, 2015 Marci rated it it was amazing
I have literally no idea how many times I have read this book, but it had been several years. New things to consider. Reminders of old things to consider. Never a disappointment.
Samuel Shumaker
Jul 12, 2013 Samuel Shumaker rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2016 KEVIN rated it liked it
This is a good companion text to the Tao Te Ching. The first discourses I found to be very comprehensive and provided a good outline for the sermon. It does require more time to translate Eastern Thought into Western Mind. Though it may seem dense, the most significant facets to it's understanding are repetitive enough that its message will be received by the layman.

Certainly not only helpful to the martial artist. Chozanshi offers this treatise to the swordsman and general learner alike. An ex
Jack Magruder
Oct 27, 2012 Jack Magruder rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2015 Arthur Rosenfeld rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2010 Genevieve rated it did not like it
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.
Oct 18, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
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.
Jun 09, 2011 Cadel rated it really liked it
Shelves: martial-arts
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.
Jul 23, 2009 H added it
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Huge reread value. Abstract meditations on the nature of ch'i.
Nov 19, 2012 Larry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provides deep insights involving martial arts!
Nov 03, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
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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“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.” 1 likes
“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
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