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"The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts and Other Tales"

♥ Book Title : The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts and Other Tales
♣ Name Author : Chozan Niwa
∞ Launching : 2006
◊ Info ISBN Link : 4770030185
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9784770030184
⊕ Number Pages : Total 221 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Chozanshi was a swordsman with a deep understanding of Taoism, Buddhism,onfucianism and Shinto. "The Demon's Sermon" is a masterful syncreticreatment of these philosophies and religions, bringing their centraleanings to bear on the essence of the martial arts. The demon delivering theermon is the long-nosed half-man, half-bird Tengu, a terrifying but notecessarily malevolent figure who inhabits the recesses of Mount Kurama.pening this volume is a selection of short, humorous tales from Chozanshi's "he Hayseed Taoist" ("Inaka Soshi"). The stories are lessons aboutpontaneity and non-attachment, and prime the reader philosophically for 'Theemon'. The final section is a translation of "The Mysterious Technique ofhe Cat" ("Neko no Myojutsu"), also from "The Hayseed Taoist" and araditional favourite of the martial artists of Japan. The section summariseshe entire work and adroitly illustrates Lao Tzu's dictum that "The mastercts, relying on nothing.""Article| Chozan Niwa| Statement ..."

"The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts"

♥ Book Title : The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
♣ Name Author : Sean Michael Wilson
∞ Launching : 2013-03-12
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780834828087
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0834828081
⊕ Number Pages : Total 160 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "A graphic novel version of this classic collection of martial arts parables, written by Issai Chozanshi, an 18-century samurai, brings these tales alive in a captivating and immediately accessible way. The stories, which feature demons, insects, birds, cats, and numerous other creatures, may seem whimsical, but they contain essential teachings that offer insight into the fundamental principles of the martial arts. Infused with Chozanshi’s deep understanding of Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shinto, the tales elucidate the nature of conflict, the importance of following one’s own nature, yin and yang, the cultivation and transformation of ch’i (life energy), and the attainment of mushin (no-mind). Ultimately, the reader learns in a visually exciting way that the path of the sword is a path of self-knowledge and leads to an understanding of life itself."Article| Sean Michael Wilson| Statement ..."

"The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts"

♥ Book Title : The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
♣ Name Author : William Scott Wilson
∞ Launching : 2012-11-13
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780834829534
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0834829533
⊕ Number Pages : Total 224 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "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. 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."Article| William Scott Wilson| Statement ..."

"The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts"

♥ Book Title : The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
♣ Name Author : Sean Michael Wilson
∞ Launching : 2013
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781611800210
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1611800218
⊕ Number Pages : Total 160 sheet
♮ News id : Jb1vDwAAQBAJ

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☯ Full Synopsis : "Brings eighteenth century martial arts parables to life in graphic novel format."Article| Sean Michael Wilson| Statement ..."

"Demons and the Making of the Monk"

♥ Book Title : Demons and the Making of the Monk
♣ Name Author : David BRAKKE
∞ Launching : 2009-06-30
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780674028654
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0674028651
⊕ Number Pages : Total 322 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "In this finely written study of demonology and Christian spirituality in fourth- and fifth-century Egypt, David Brakke examines how the conception of the monk as a holy and virtuous being was shaped by the combative encounter with demons. Drawing on biographies of exceptional monks, collections of monastic sayings and stories, letters from ascetic teachers to their disciples, sermons, and community rules, Brakke crafts a compelling picture of the embattled religious celibate."Article| David BRAKKE| Statement ..."

"The Lone Samurai"

♥ Book Title : The Lone Samurai
♣ Name Author : William Scott Wilson
∞ Launching : 2013
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781590309872
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1590309871
⊕ Number Pages : Total 284 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "The life of Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), Japan's greatest samurai swordsman, is chronicled in this first authoritative, "lively and balanced" ("Library Journal"), English-language biography of the impressive warrior. Included is original artwork by Musashi plus Glossary, map, and Appendices."Article| William Scott Wilson| Statement ..."

"The Swordsman's Handbook"

♥ Book Title : The Swordsman's Handbook
♣ Name Author : William Scott Wilson
∞ Launching : 2014-04-29
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780834829732
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0834829738
⊕ Number Pages : Total 320 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "There is perhaps no more potent symbol of the samurai era than the sword. By the seventeenth century in Japan, the art of swordsmanship had begun to take on an almost cult-like popularity. Swordsmanship was more than a mastery of technique; it was a path toward self-mastery. The Swordsman’s Handbook is the definitive collection of writings by men who saw the study of swordsmanship not only as essential to life and death, but as something that transcended life and death as well. Their teaching, that dealing with conflict is an art that requires grace and courage, speaks to us today with surprising immediacy and relevance. Included in this collection are writings by Kotada Yahei Toshitada, Takuan Soho, Yagyu Munenori, Miyamoto Musashi, Matsura Seizan, Issai Chozanshi, and Yamaoka Tesshu."Article| William Scott Wilson| Statement ..."

"The Unfettered Mind"

♥ Book Title : The Unfettered Mind
♣ Name Author : Takuan Soho
∞ Launching : 2012-06-12
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780834827899
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0834827891
⊕ Number Pages : Total 144 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573–1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as a guide for the samurai Yagyu Munenori, who was a great swordsman and rival to the legendary Miyamoto Musashi. Takuan was a giant in the history of Zen; he was also a gardener, calligrapher, poet, author, adviser to samurai and shoguns, and a pivotal figure in Zen painting. He was known for his brilliance and acerbic wit. In these succinct and pointed essays, Takuan is concerned primarily with understanding and refining the mind—both generally and when faced with conflict. The Unfettered Mind was a major influence on the classic manifestos on swordsmanship that came after it, including Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings and Yagyu Munenori's Life-Giving Sword."Article| Takuan Soho| Statement ..."

"The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi"

♥ Book Title : The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi
♣ Name Author : Antony Cummins
∞ Launching : 2012
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781583944356
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1583944354
⊕ Number Pages : Total 194 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "A first English-language translation of a highly sought collection of historical documents illuminates the secret practices, techniques, philosophies and lifestyles of the shinobi, from the Shinobi Hiden "Secret Ninja Tradition" and the Edo period Koka Ryu Ninjutsu Densho to the three Gunpo Jiyoshu shinobi scrolls and 100 culturally informative ninjutsu poems. Original."Article| Antony Cummins| Statement ..."

"Cultivating Ch'i"

♥ Book Title : Cultivating Ch'i
♣ Name Author : Kaibara Ekiken
∞ Launching : 2013
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781590309889
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 159030988X
⊕ Number Pages : Total 223 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Samurai are best known for taking life—but here is a samurai doctor's prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one. Unlike other samurai of his time, the samurai Kaibara Ekiken (1630–1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the healthy mind and body upon which martial techniques and philosophy depended. While serving as the chief medical doctor and healer to the Kuroda clan, he came to a holistic view of how the physical, mental, and spiritual lives of his patients were connected. Drawing from his medical practice, the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, and his life experience, Ekiken createdthis text as a guide to sustaining health and stamina from youth to old age. Ekiken's advice regarding moderation, food and drink, sleep, sexual activity, bathing, and therapeutic practices is still amazingly intuitive and appropriate nearly three hundred years after this book was written."Article| Kaibara Ekiken| Statement ..."

"The Pocket Samurai"

♥ Book Title : The Pocket Samurai
♣ Name Author : no defined
∞ Launching : 2015-07-21
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780834830493
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0834830493
⊕ Number Pages : Total 272 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "The samurai of Japan, who were the country’s military elite from medieval times to the end of the nineteenth century, were synonymous with valor, honor, and martial arts prowess. Their strict adherence to the code of bushido ("the way of the warrior"), chivalry, and honor in fighting to the death continues to capture the imagination of people today, inspiring authors, filmmakers, and artists. The Pocket Samurai contains the essential writings of the era by the most esteemed samurai and philosophers of the age, including the iconic Miyamoto Musashi, author of The Book of Five Rings; Yamamoto Tsunetomo, author of Hagakure, the best-known explication of the samurai code; Takuan Soho, a Zen priest and adviser to samurai; Yamaoka Tesshu, a master swordsman whose colorful life was devoted to martial arts and Zen; along with many others."Article| no defined| Statement ..."

"Shadows of the Prophet"

♥ Book Title : Shadows of the Prophet
♣ Name Author : Douglas S. Farrer
∞ Launching : 2009-06-05
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781402093562
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 140209356X
⊕ Number Pages : Total 311 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "This is the first in-depth study of the Malay martial art, silat, and the first ethnographic account of the Haqqani Islamic Sufi Order. Drawing on 12 years of research and practice, the author provides a major contribution to the study of Malay culture."Article| Douglas S. Farrer| Statement ..."