From the Publisher: This book is a series of parables about the martial arts quest, and a meditation on the art of discipleship. A careful reading of the text will lead teachers and practitioners of all martial arts to examine their motives, to go beyond superficial prizes and awards, to rise above a focus on fighting technique, and ultimately to transcend the known. As the exciting and spiritually uplifting sequel to “Beyond the Known”, this book, through philosophy and fiction, leads the reader toward the unknown.
The author, a very widely respected martial artist, has selected a number of “teaching tales” from Asian traditions. These deal with the relationship of master and disciple, the nature of dedication, the analysis of goals, the meaning of awards, and other “internal” issues. The author ends his Introduction with, “Let us now attend to the heart of the matter, as we recognize that the growth of art flowers exclusively from within. This book will speak to all true seekers of the essence of martial-arts training, be they from West or East.” Republished in 2002.