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Kurikara: The Sword and the Serpent


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In "Mikkyo"--Japanese esoteric Buddhism--the dragon Kurikara symbolizes the internal energy developed through sword practice. Kurikara is a manifestation of the fiercebodhisattva Fudo Myo O, the patron of ascetics and warriors in Japan, who uses his sword to destroy delusions and sever attachments. Fudo's sword represents the gaining of discriminative power anddecisiveness--the ability to cut through illusion and attachment. This leads to the development of an inner energy that allows one to "burn up" all obstacles to spiritualfreedom.

"Kurikara: The Sword and the Serpent" sets out the eight basic principles of swordsmanship common to all Japanese sword schools, emphasizing the cultivation of power and mentalfocus. Accomplished martial artist John Evans provides practical examples from his experience with the sword arts as well as "Mikkyo" and "shugendo" (mountain asceticism). The firstforeign student to train with Nakamura Taisaburo sensei--widely acknowledged as the master of the sword art "battodo"--Evans clearly explains how skill such as Nakamuruasensei's can be systematically developed through "tanren," exercises that meld "inner" and "outer" power. Filled with fascinating anecdotes fromEvans's training in Japan, "Kurikara" is a useful, inspiring guide to Japanese sword practice and its spiritual underpinnings.

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

About the Author

John Maki Evans teaches yoga and battodo in London. He is the director of the Islington Yoga School, which teaches Shadow Yoga, and is head teacher of the Fudokan Battodo dojo, affiliated with the International Battodo Federation. He lives in London.

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Product Details

North Atlantic Books
Sports & Recreation : Martial Arts & Self-Defense
Zhander, Natanaga
Evans, John Maki
Philosophy : Buddhist
Publication Date:
July 2011

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