Author:William Scott Wilson (Tr.)

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The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts and Other Tales

By: Issai Chozanshi (Author) & William Scott Wilson (Tr.)

Price: $24.98

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Shambhala Publication/TBI: 2012

Seller ID: 110960

ISBN: 1590309898

Condition: New


This collection of parables written by an eighteenth-century samurai is a classic of martial arts literature. The tales are concerned with themes such as perception of conflict, self-transformation, the cultivation of chi (life energy), and understanding yin and yang. Some of the parables seem light and fanciful, but they offer the reader valuable lessons on the fundamental principles of the martial arts; “The Mysterious Technique of the Cat” is iconic. The “demon” in the title story refers to the mythical tengu, who guard the secrets of swordsmanship. A swordsman travels to Mt. Kurama... View more info

The Pocket Samurai

By: William Scott Wilson (Tr.)

Price: $10.40

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Shambhala Publication/TBI:

Seller ID: 112827

ISBN: 1611802164

Condition: New


The samurai of Japan, who were the country’s military elite from medieval times to the end of the nineteenth century, were synonymous with valor, honor, and martial arts prowess. Their strict adherence to the code of bushido (“the way of the warrior”), chivalry, and honor in fighting to the death continues to capture the imagination of people today, inspiring authors, filmmakers, and artists. The Pocket Samurai contains the essential writings of the era by the most esteemed samurai and philosophers of the age, including the iconic Miyamoto Musashi, author of The Book of Five Rings; Yamam... View more info