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Author QuotedKarlfried Dürckheim, von
Title QuotedJapanese Cult of Tranquility
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/12/29
ImprintLondon : Rider and Company. 1960
QuotationI finished Von Durkheim, The Japanese Cult of Tranquillity. The best and most revealing part is the appendix from a Japanese master of swordsmanship speaking of the "sword that kills and gives lif" in the tradition of Takuan. Actually the pinnacle of swordsmanship is not violence and killing but simply a "truth" against which the opponent can ruin himself or by which he can be enlightened. A fascinating concept. Only "the animal man" seeks to "win" ("prevail"). But the spiritual man is simply true and the law of truth has to "win" in him.
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 184
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