The Unfettered Mind

Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

Author: Takuan Soho

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834827891

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573–1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as a guide for the samurai Yagyu Munenori, who was a great swordsman and rival to the legendary Miyamoto Musashi. Takuan was a giant in the history of Zen; he was also a gardener, calligrapher, poet, author, adviser to samurai and shoguns, and a pivotal figure in Zen painting. He was known for his brilliance and acerbic wit. In these succinct and pointed essays, Takuan is concerned primarily with understanding and refining the mind—both generally and when faced with conflict. The Unfettered Mind was a major influence on the classic manifestos on swordsmanship that came after it, including Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings and Yagyu Munenori's Life-Giving Sword.
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The Unfettered Mind

Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master

Author: Takuan Sōhō

Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated

ISBN: 9780870118517

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 103

View: 4967

Three essays on swordsmanship focus on confrontation, the relationship of the self and the other, and the distinction between what is right and selfishness
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Author: Yūzan Daidōji

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783936018509


Page: 86

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das Lehrbuch des Gründers des Aikidô

Author: Morihei Ueshiba

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783921508572


Page: 135

View: 2211

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New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics

Author: Minh Nguyen

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739180827

Category: Philosophy

Page: 520

View: 4809

This collection begins with an engaging historical overview of Japanese aesthetics and offers contemporary multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on the artistic and aesthetic traditions of Japan and the central themes in Japanese art and aesthetics.
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The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts

A Graphic Novel

Author: Sean Michael Wilson,Issai Chozanshi

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828081

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 160

View: 1988

A graphic novel version of this classic collection of martial arts parables, written by Issai Chozanshi, an 18-century samurai, brings these tales alive in a captivating and immediately accessible way. The stories, which feature demons, insects, birds, cats, and numerous other creatures, may seem whimsical, but they contain essential teachings that offer insight into the fundamental principles of the martial arts. Infused with Chozanshi’s deep understanding of Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shinto, the tales elucidate the nature of conflict, the importance of following one’s own nature, yin and yang, the cultivation and transformation of ch’i (life energy), and the attainment of mushin (no-mind). Ultimately, the reader learns in a visually exciting way that the path of the sword is a path of self-knowledge and leads to an understanding of life itself.
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Du bist der Schöpfer jedes Moments

Zen und die Kunst, sein Glück in die eigene Hand zu nehmen

Author: Chris Prentiss

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783778782019


Page: 158

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Hardcore Zen

Punk Rock, Monsterfilme & die Wahrheit über alles

Author: Brad, Warner

Publisher: Aurum Verlag

ISBN: 3899015002

Category: Religion

Page: 258

View: 2731

Alles außer Erleuchtung! So könnte man Brad Warners provokatives Zen-Buch umreißen. Hinterfrag' Autorität. Hinterfrag' die Gesellschaft. Hinterfrag' die Realität. Hinterfrag' dich selbst. Hinterfrag' deine Schlussfolgerungen, deine Urteile, deine Antworten. Und wenn du alles gründlich hinterfragt hast, wird dich die Wahrheit vielleicht spontan am Kopf treffen... Aber sie wird nicht das sein, was du erwartest. Ein Buch für eine neue Generation von Buddhisten!
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The Lone Samurai

The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

Author: William Scott Wilson

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828510

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 3211

Miyamoto Musashi (1584?1645) was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic book on strategy, the Book of Five Rings. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists, authors, and filmmakers. Here, respected translator and expert on samurai culture William Scott Wilson has created both a vivid account of a fascinating period in feudal Japan and a portrait of the courageous, iconoclastic samurai who wrestled with philosophical and spiritual ideas that are as relevant today as they were in his time. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was about mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess—and it is this path to mastery that is the core teaching in his Book of Five Rings. This volume includes supplemental material on Musashi’s legacy as a martial arts icon, his impact on literature and film, and the influence of his Book of Five Rings.
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The Book of the Samurai

Author: Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834827875

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 200

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Living and dying with bravery and honor is at the heart of Hagakure, a series of texts written by an eighteenth-century samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo. It is a window into the samurai mind, illuminating the concept of bushido (the Way of the Warrior), which dictated how samurai were expected to behave, conduct themselves, live, and die. While Hagakure was for many years a secret text known only to the warrior vassals of the Nabeshima clan to which the author belonged, it later came to be recognized as a classic exposition of samurai thought. The original Hagakure consists of over 1,300 short texts that Tsunetomo dictated to a younger samurai over a seven-year period. William Scott Wilson has selected and translated here three hundred of the most representative of those texts to create an accessible distillation of this guide for samurai. No other translator has so thoroughly and eruditely rendered this text into English. For this edition, Wilson has added a new introduction that casts Hagakure in a different light than ever before. Tsunetomo refers to bushido as "the Way of death," a description that has held a morbid fascination for readers over the years. But in Tsunetomo’s time, bushido was a nuanced concept that related heavily to the Zen concept of muga, the "death" of the ego. Wilson’s revised introduction gives the historical and philosophical background for that more metaphorical reading of Hagakure, and through this lens, the classic takes on a fresh and nuanced appeal.
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The Firearm as a Martial Arts Weapon

Author: michael weissberg


ISBN: 0983486654


Page: 106

View: 6789

The author explores the use of weapons by the Samurai, from the sword to the musket, and the progression of firearms from the musket to the Glock handgun.
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Als Vagabund Um Die Erde

Author: Harry Franck

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3864449952


Page: 656

View: 1595

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Zur Schule durch die Felder

eine irische Kindheit

Author: Alice Taylor,Hans-Heinrich Würmli

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783889774392


Page: 204

View: 9568

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Das Herzinfarkt-Sutra

Ein neuer Kommentar zum Herz-Sutra

Author: Karl Brunnhölzl

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783942085427


Page: 304

View: 1466

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Ki im täglichen Leben

Author: Kōichi Tōhei

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783932337420


Page: 182

View: 4243

Ki ist der Strom der geistigen und körperlichen Kraft. Er hilft das Leben positiv zu gestalten und negative Elemente fernzuhalten, in dem er die Kraft entwickelt, die dem Menschen von der Natur zu einem harmonischen Miteinander mitgegeben wurde. Tohei, der KiÜbungen, KiAtmung und KiTechniken ausgearbeitet hat, erklärt die Grundlagen der KiPrinzipien und gibt Anleitung, wie diese Prinzipien im Training auf das tägliche Leben übertragen werden können. Mit einem starken Willen und ununterbrochenen Anstrengungen kann jeder jeden Alters und jeden Geschlechts das Leben im Alltag in Einheit mit Ki (Geist und Körper) unbeschwert gestalten. (2)
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