The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts: and Other Tales Paperback – 7 Jan 2013
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About the Author
William Scott Wilson is the author of The Lone Samurai and translator of such Japanese classics as Hagakure, The Book of Five Rings and The Unfettered Mind.
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What is most interesting is that as of the writing of this review, not one reviewer mentioned the true message of this work. Some of the reviews only say that it is good. Others go to great length to explain why it's good, but none of those actually get it. So either no one else understood the text, or I didn't understand the text. Either way, I'm going to give it another read.
I suggest you do the same.
Not a how to manual, but a mindset for training manual. Unlike other Japanese works from the Fuedal Era the focus is not on being ready to die, but on how to approach training from day to day.
The supplementary texts included with the book are very helpful in laying a groundwork to understand the actual sermon.
Some of the beginning stories and parables were a bit less interesting to me, but the actual Demon's Sermon was something I have read 3 or 4 times now, and certainly something I can come back to and enjoy many times more.