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The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts by William Scott Wilson and Issai Chozanshi

The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts

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    Nov 13, 2012 | 224 Pages

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“In keeping with his author’s aims, William Scott Wilson, in his elegant and erudite translation, embeds the sermon between a kind of overture and a postlude comprising some of the charming animal allegories to be found in another Chozanshi book, the ‘Inaka Soshi’ (here winningly rendered as ‘The Hayseed Taoist’). The centipede questions the snake, the sea gull and the mayfly discuss the ‘Tao,’ and the toad speaks of the way of the gods. Their message is very like that of the demon—get down to essentials, forget yourself, rely on nothing, search for the heart of the truth.”—Japan Times

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