The Zen Way to Martial Arts: A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai

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At last: a book on the martial arts from a true Zen master. Taisen Deshimaru was born in Japan of an old samurai family, and he recieved from the Great Master Kodo Sawaki the Transmission of Mind to Mind when Sawaki died. In 1967, Deshimaru-Roshi went to France and taught as a missionary general of the Sato Zen School until his death in 1982. In Europe he learned how to make Oriental concepts understandable to the Western mind. One of the results of that experience was this book: a series of lessons, ...

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Overview

At last: a book on the martial arts from a true Zen master. Taisen Deshimaru was born in Japan of an old samurai family, and he recieved from the Great Master Kodo Sawaki the Transmission of Mind to Mind when Sawaki died. In 1967, Deshimaru-Roshi went to France and taught as a missionary general of the Sato Zen School until his death in 1982. In Europe he learned how to make Oriental concepts understandable to the Western mind. One of the results of that experience was this book: a series of lessons, question-and-answer sessions, and koans (riddles or anecdotes that point out general principles) that provide practical wisdom for all students of the martial arts--kendo, aikido, iai-do, jodo, or archery--as well as for the general reader interested in Zen.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140193442
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: Compass Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 475,052
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

George Leonard has introduced LET to more than 50,000 people in the United States and abroad. He is the author of a number of books on human possibilities and social change, including Mastery (Plume 1992), and lives in San Francisco, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction
Bushido: The Way of the Samurai
Strength and Wisdom The Noble Struggle of the Warrior Seven Principles Three Stages Secret of Budo, Secret of Zen Directing the Mind Here and Now
Mondo
Bun Bu Ryodo: The Twofold Way
Sky and Earth in Harmony Ki: Energy What is the Practice of Zen?
Mind and Body One Unmoving Wisdom Let Go Not-Think
Mondo
Life and Death
Instruction of a Samurai Glossary

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