8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Sword and the Serpent,
This review is from: Kurikara: The Sword and the Serpent (Paperback)
As a novice to sword discipline with a background in martial practice and Buddhist retreat this text opened my eyes to the depths within Japanese martial arts that I had not previously been aware of.
I am very surprised to read how Mikkyo (Esoteric Japanese Buddhism) and martial practice have been brought together in the traditions of Japanese swordsmanship, as a way of uniting inner and outer disciplines. This path offers an external cultivation through martial disipline and a consistent consideration of the harsh realities of combat. This is joined with skillful use of inner yogas, including relationship with nature and art, that point the practitioner towards greater self-understanding and responsiveness towards the world. 'Kurikara' therefore presents a path of avoiding the extremes of either inner or outer approaches while deriving benefit from seriously engaging with both.
I find the text clear and direct and enjoy that it offers no glib soundbites but instead speaks from the rich experience of the author, including stories of practice that engage and stir me.