At last: a book at the martial arts from a true Zen master. Taisen Deshimaru was once born in Japan of an old samurai circle of relatives, and he recieved from the Great Master Kodo Sawaki the Transmission of Mind to Mind when Sawaki died. In 1967, Deshimaru-Roshi went to France and taught as a missionary general of the Sato Zen School until his death in 1982. In Europe he learned learn how to make Oriental concepts understandable to the Western mind. Some of the results of that experience was once this book: a series of lessons, question-and-answer sessions, and koans (riddles or anecdotes that time out general principles) that offer practical wisdom for all students of the martial arts–kendo, aikido, iai-do, jodo, or archery–in addition to for the overall reader thinking about Zen.