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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Compass; New e. edition (30 Sept. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140193448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140193442
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 wen

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 1998
Format: Paperback
To my knowledge this is the only modern book written by an actual Zen Master about the martial arts. Most books are by martial artists writing about Zen, a subject in which they are often lacking in actual practice. Taisen Deshimaru was one of the great Zen masters to teach in the west and the teacher of several great marital arts masters. This book is essential for any serious student of either discapline.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 1998
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I really got a lot from this book. My Comprehension of karate and the depth in it grew MUCH stronger. I learned the philosophy from the old masters making my karate stronger as well as my confidence. This makes martial arts 10 times more interesting - this'll make you wonder & learn. This is not! a fighting book - this'll give much stronger values.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2010
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`The Zen Way to the Martial Arts' explores some of the links between the practise of Zen and various martial arts from the perspective of a Japanese Zen master. There are numerous similarities in the philosophies and much can be gleaned and applied from either sphere to the improvement of the other. This has some calligraphy dotted throughout the text, as well as some photos of the author. My particular favourite parts of the book were the mondo sections which consist of a conversational question and answer format between the author and some students. These sections were easy to read and grasp and the personality of the author shines through. I heave read other books that have tried to link martial arts and spiritual practises but this is the only one that has succeeded and comes across as credible and authentic. The writing style (surprisingly for a translation) is clear and lucid and the points raised give plenty of food for thought. There is something for all to appreciate in these pages, whether you are a Zen practitioner, martial artist or interested in some of the spiritual ideas of the east and this is worth adding to your bookshelf at some point.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2000
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Profound yet highly enjoyable, a book that will make you reconsider your view of the world. Invaluable to martial artists and those with any interest in getting more out of life. Both a practical guide to attaining wisdom and philosophical food for thought. Written specifically for europeans, it is an elegant piece that you will read again and again..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed on 22 May 2013
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As it says essential, provokes thought and non thought, questions and answers and most importantly leave with a feeling of peace and a state of calm. a book for the library and for all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr S Sheridan on 9 Jun. 2013
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Written in the form of several conversations with the Zen master, this book has everything a true martial artist should be looking for, Study hard and train harder.
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