Table of ContentsIntroduction
Karate KataMatsubayashi-Ryu Masters Matsubayashi-Ryu kata Kata sources and usage
Masters and MethodsTraining - Yasutune Itosu Technique - Chojun Miyagi Principles - Kenwa Mabuni Fighting - Choki Motubu
AnatomyMusculature Skeleton Nervous System Meridians
Books and ReferenceBook of 5 Rings Art of War Tai Chi Classics Mind Body Unification
PhilosophyTen Bulls Tao Te Ching
Zen BuddhismHistory Zazen Zazen Yojinki Zen Koans Zen Stories Zen Dialogues
Concepts and GlossarySelected Glossary
Go Rin No Sho, Book of 5 rings
Chapter: The Book of the Void
The No To Ichi Way of strategy is recorded in this, the Book of the Void.
What is called the spirit of the void is where there is nothing. It is not included in man's knowledge. Of course the void is nothingness. By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist. That is the void.
People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
In the Way of strategy as a warrior you must study fully other martial arts and not deviate even a little from the Way of the warrior. With your spirit settled, accumulate practise day by day, hour by hour. Polish the twofold spirit heart and mind, and sharpen the twofold gaze perception and sight. When your spirit is not in the least clouded, when the clouds of bewilderment clear away, there is the true void.
Until you realise the true Way, whether in Buddhism or in common sense, you may think that things are correct and in order. However, if we lood at things objectively, from the viewpoint of laws of the world, we see various doctrines departing from the true Way. Know well this spirit, and with forthrightness as the foundation and the true spirit as the Way. Enact strategy broadly, correctly and openly.
Then you will come to think of things in a wide sense and, taking the void as the Way, you will see the Way as void.
In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness.
Twelfth day of the fifth month, second year of Shoho (1645).
Teruro Magonojo, SHINMEN MUSASHI
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