The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike or touch the enemy’s cutting sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him.
The essense of a warrior is to build an indomitable spirit
and an iron will; to believe you cannot fail in doing anything.
Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.
There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.
- D. T. Suzuki Japanese Buddhist Philosopher
- Masanobu Fukuoka Japanese Buddhist Polymath
- Taisen Deshimaru Japanese Buddhist Teacher
- Akira Kurosawa Japanese Film Director
- Soichiro Honda Japanese Inventor
- Yoko Ono Japanese Artist, Musician
- Thich Nhat Hanh Vietnamese Buddhist Religious Leader
- Alan Watts British Buddhist Philosopher
- Shantideva Indian Buddhist Scholar
- Nagasena Indian Buddhist Sage