Monday, May 13, 2013

The Ultimate Warrior

“(Yamaoka) Tesshu developed a kind of sixth sense, frequently surprising his disciples by telling them exactly what they were thinking. When they asked about his “magic power,” Tesshu told them: “It is nothing out of the ordinary. If your mind is empty, it reflects the ‘distortions’ and shadows present in others minds. In swordsmanship no-mind allows us to see the perfect place to strike; in daily life if enables us to see into another’s heart.” from The Sword of no Sword: The life of Master Warrior Tesshu by John Stevens

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