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Hyams recounts more than 25 years of experience
in the martial arts, revealing how the daily application of
Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but
gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems,
self-image, work pressure, competition and relationships with
Written from an almost Japanese perspective,
this text offers an entertaining and informative view of the
martial arts. Topics explored include entering the martial way,
the paradoxes and conflicts, and how to adapt to the mindset
necessary for true mastery of the art.
work suggests that the philosophy and competitive strategy presented
by the spiritual mentor to Musashi is as useful to modern corporate
warriors as it was to 17th-century samurai.
is a translation of an important classic on Zen swordfighting.
Yagyu's Buddhist spirituality is reflected in his central idea
of the "life-giving sword" - the notion of controlling an opponent
by the spiritual readiness to fight, rather than during the fight.
explore the common principles shared by Japanese calligraphy and
the martial arts, using terms from the martial arts as examples
to show how calligraphy and the martial arts draw on the same