Discover the Five Ways of the Warrior in twenty-eight Visual Poetic Reflections inspired by the four greatest Masters of the Martial Way: Lao Tzu – Master of Taoism, Bodhidharma – Master of Shaolin, Sun Tzu – Master in the Art of War, and Miyamoto Musashi – Master of Strategy. The essence of these four approaches to martial training and application culminate in the fifth, and final, way of the warrior: The Way of Death. Experience the "Void" and enter the mind and world of the Warrior Poet.
Excerpts from the Five Ways of the Warrior:
"Any understanding is possible
only in the silent recognition
of what cannot be spoken –
The immediate experience
of total Awareness...
Alive in the midst of eternal Being."
"Which is greater,
Tiger or Dragon?
What appears as contrast
is often complementary.
To recognize the balance
of Yin and Yang in the universe is to bring balance into your life.
The Void offers possibility,
possibility invites actuality,
actuality is reality manifested
in the world."
"The art of war is a balance
between direct and indirect maneuvers –
Incorporating the balance
between weakness and strength.
Although direct methods are best when joining battle with the enemy – Indirect methods are needed to secure victory...
A well trained, well disciplined, well led army, attacks an enemy with the energy of a waterfall – assailing the rocks below."
"All ways have value and merit for a warrior,
which must be acknowledged and embraced.
Each way manifests its unique aspect of the void;
Actualizing its particular response
when called upon.
Victory may be achieved through many ways;
Mastery is achieved through strategy.
The way of strategy embraces all ways;
Thereby, opening the door to the infinite void.
The way of strategy provides
no grand theory of war,
it offers no secret martial arts legacy.
Strategy is not history –
Indoctrination of the past
is not strategy."
"Whatever life is…
Death is its compliment –
Yet we fear what we
do not know.
Therefore, the wise warrior
lives in a continual state
of deep meditation and awareness –
Warrior Poet moves beyond the understanding of mere prose into the philosophical spirit of The Warrior's Way. These individual meditations follow The Path of the Warrior through five distinct theories of The Way: The Way of Taoism, The Way of Shaolin, The Way of Strategy, The Way of War, and The Way of Death. They are the distillation of over 2,000 years of wisdom, tradition, and my entire lifetime.
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