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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Zen and the Martial Arts, 16 July 1998
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This review is from: The Zen Way to the Martial Arts: A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai (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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every martial-arts performer will get something from this!, 30 April 1998
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This review is from: The Zen Way to the Martial Arts: A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai (Paperback)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Zen Way to the Martial Arts, 24 Jun 2010
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This review is from: The Zen Way to the Martial Arts: A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai (Paperback)
`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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime..., 3 May 2000
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This review is from: The Zen Way to the Martial Arts: A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai (Paperback)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars peace, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent insight in to the what the martial arts are truely about., 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for!, 15 Mar 2014
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Excellent book. A Zen master explains about zazen meditation and martial arts as being the same. Better than a martial artist telling you how they're linked but having next to no background in Zen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Zen and the Martial Arts, 18 Feb 2007
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Terry Tozer "TJSKA.com" (Reading & Bracknell, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Zen Way to the Martial Arts: A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai (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 discipline.

It gives the person in general and the martial artist in specific a firm ground to understand the Zen foundations of Japanese martial arts and way of life. It also creates an alternative view of life that is very useful for the person that studies or works in the fields of psychotherapy & hypnosis.

This book serves as great reminder to those of us in the martial arts who sometimes allow our ego to interfere with our life's mission. Thoughtfully written and communicated. Even those not in the arts would benefit from this book.

If you practice martial arts, but do not train your mind, this book will show you where to start. If you do train your mind this book will help...

Similar & interesting, thought provoking titles include Zen in the Martial Arts & The Martial Way and Its Virtues: Tao De Gung
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fundamental book in martial arts and personal philosophy, 23 Aug 1998
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This review is from: The Zen Way to the Martial Arts: A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai (Paperback)
It gives the person in general and the martial artist in specific a firm ground to understand the Zen foundations of japanese martial arts and way of life. It also creates an alternative view of life that is very useful for the person that studies or works in the fields of psychotherapy & hypnosis.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excelent book for a martial artist or a student of zen..., 18 Dec 1998
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This review is from: The Zen Way to the Martial Arts: A Japanese Master Reveals the Secrets of the Samurai (Paperback)
If you practice martial arts, but do not train your mind, this book will show you where to start. If you do train your mind this book will help...
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