The Zen Way to Martial Arts

The Zen Way to Martial Arts

A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai

Introduction by:
Translator: Nancy Amphoux

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140193442
  • 128 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


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.
The Zen Way to Martial Arts

The Zen Way to Martial Arts

Taisen Deshimaru, Introduction by: George Leonard, Translator: Nancy Amphoux

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

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


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


Life and Death
Instruction of a Samurai


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