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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 : 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 : 2013-03-12
◊ 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 : 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 ..."

"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 ..."

"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 ..."

"Legacies of the Sword"

♥ Book Title : Legacies of the Sword
♣ Name Author : Karl F. Friday
∞ Launching : 1997
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0824818792
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780824818791
⊕ Number Pages : Total 227 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Western scholars are generally far less familiar with the samurai in his original role as warrior and master of arms than in his other functions as landowner, feudal lord, litterateur, or philosopher. Karl Friday examines samurai martial culture from a historical and worldview in this study."Article| Karl F. Friday| Statement ..."

"The Book of Five Rings"

♥ Book Title : The Book of Five Rings
♣ Name Author : Sean Michael Wilson
∞ Launching : 2012-11-13
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780834828063
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0834828065
⊕ Number Pages : Total 160 sheet
♮ News id : YIsuDQAAQBAJ

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☯ Full Synopsis : "This graphic novel version of The Book of Five Rings, the iconic book of confrontation and victory by the famed seventeenth-century duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, illuminates this brilliant manifesto, which has long inspired martial artists and anyone interested in cultivating a strategic mind. With evocative drawings and a distilled but faithful text adapted by acclaimed manga writer Sean Michael Wilson, The Book of Five Rings comes alive both as a guide to swordsmanship and strategy, and as a view into Musashi’s world."Article| Sean Michael Wilson| Statement ..."

"The 36 Strategies of the Martial Arts"

♥ Book Title : The 36 Strategies of the Martial Arts
♣ Name Author : Hiroshi Moriya
∞ Launching : 2013-05-14
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780834828896
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0834828898
⊕ Number Pages : Total 256 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "The 36 Strategies of the Martial Arts is a classical collection of Chinese maxims on understanding, engaging, and defeating your enemy. The origin of the collection is unknown; however, the text is a synthesis of various military maxims, political expressions, and even folk sayings, some of which are from sources that date back 1,500 years. Professor Hiroshi Moriya, a Tokyo-based authority on Chinese culture and philosophy, supplies clear and succinct explanations of each maxim and illustrates them with examples not only from Chinese literature and history but also from events in Europe and modern business affairs. This book will resonate with anyone interested in a classic approach to psyching out an opponent and emerging victorious—in martial arts, business, sports, or politics."Article| Hiroshi Moriya| Statement ..."

"The 47 Ronin"

♥ Book Title : The 47 Ronin
♣ Name Author : Sean Michael Wilson
∞ Launching : 2013-11-05
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780834829565
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0834829568
⊕ Number Pages : Total 160 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Here is the first historically accurate graphic-novel version of a legendary event in Japanese history. In the eighteenth century, forty-seven samurai avenged the death of their master in a plot involving over two years of secrecy. After succeeding in their mission, the masterless samurai all committed ritual suicide. The story, which is a national legend, remains a most potent example of Japan’s deeply rooted cultural imperatives of honor, persistence, loyalty, and sacrifice, and of bushido—the samurai code."Article| Sean Michael Wilson| 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
♮ News id : 5H2pjzRD8RAC

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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 ..."

"The Life-Giving Sword"

♥ Book Title : The Life-Giving Sword
♣ Name Author : Yagyu Munenori
∞ Launching : 2012-12-11
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780834828124
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 083482812X
⊕ Number Pages : Total 192 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns—and a great rival to Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori's life was spent immersed in Zen teachings. These teachings formed the framework for his deeply spiritual approach to sword fighting. Munenori saw in the practice of the sword a way to transform the student into a total human being. The Life-Giving Sword is Munenori's manifesto on his approach. His central themes are the "life-giving sword"—the idea of controlling one's opponent by spiritual readiness to fight rather than by actual fighting—and "No Sword," which is the idea that the mind must be free of everything, even the sword itself, in order to get to the place of complete mastery. Munenori's ideas are applicable not only to martial arts but to business and human relations as well."Article| Yagyu Munenori| Statement ..."