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The demon's sermon on the martial arts : and other tales

Author: Chozan Niwa; William Scott Wilson
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Early works
Early works to 1800
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Niwa, Chozan, active 1716-1735.
Demon's sermon on the martial arts.
Boston : Shambhala, 2012
(DLC) 2012017266
(OCoLC)778424824
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chozan Niwa; William Scott Wilson
ISBN: 9780834828087 0834828081 9780834829534 0834829533 9780834841963 0834841967
OCLC Number: 957165435
Notes: "English translation © 2006."
Description: 1 online resource (xxxii, 170 pages)
Other Titles: Tengu geijutsuron.
Responsibility: Issai Chozanshi ; translated by William Scott Wilson.

Abstract:

"This 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."--Publisher description.

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