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Year after year I practiced. On March 30, 1880, I reached the state of no-enemy. I cannot describe my great joy at that time. … As I recalled my previous notions of skillfulness and ineptness, fighting and no-fighting, I realized that those dichotomies have nothing to do with the opponent; all those things are creations of one’s mind. If there is self, there is an enemy; if there is no self, there is no enemy. If we are enlightened to the truth of this principle, skill-ineptitude, weakness-strength, child-adult, and so on are no longer seen as two separate entities. – Yamaoka Tesshu
From p. 129 of John Stevens, The Sword of No-Sword: Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu, Shambhala, 1989.