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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不動智神妙錄

Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

Author: Takuan Soho,William Scott Wilson

Publisher: Kodansha International

ISBN: 9784770029478

Category: Philosophy

Page: 142

View: 935

Unfettered Mind is a Kodansha International publication.
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The Unfettered Mind

Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

Author: Soho,Takuan Sōhō,William Scott Wilson

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781590309865

Category: Philosophy

Page: 112

View: 2166

Wolf Haas' Detective Brenner series has become wildly popular around the world for a reason: They're timely, edgy stories told in a wry, quirky voice that's often hilarious, and with a protagonist it's hard not to love. In this episode, Brenner-forced out of the police force-tries to get away from detective work by taking a job as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day, while Brenner's attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena at a gas station, Helena gets snatched from the car. Abruptly out of a job, Brenner decides to investigate her disappearance on his own. With both parents in the public eye, there's no scarcity of leads-the father's latest development project has spurred public protest, and the mother's clinic has been targeted by the zealous leader of an anti-abortion group. Brenner and God is told with a dark humor that leaves no character, including Brenner, unscathed. Haas tells the story of a fallible hero who can be indecisive and world-weary, baffled and disillusioned by what he finds, but who presses forward nonetheless out of a stubborn sense of decency-a two-year-old is kidnapped, so you find her, because that's just what you do.
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The Lone Samurai

The Life of Miyamoto Musashi

Author: William Scott Wilson

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590309871

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 284

View: 9749

The life of Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), Japan's greatest samurai swordsman, is chronicled in this first authoritative, "lively and balanced" ("Library Journal"), English-language biography of the impressive warrior. Included is original artwork by Musashi plus Glossary, map, and Appendices.
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Training the Samurai Mind

A Bushido Sourcebook

Author: Thomas Cleary

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834823082

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 2005

Through the ages, the samurai have been associated with honor, fearlessness, calm, decisive action, strategic thinking, and martial prowess. Their ethos is known as bushido, the Way of the Warrior-Knight. Here, premier translator Thomas Cleary presents a rich collection of writings on bushido by warriors, scholars, political advisors, and educators from the fifteenth century through the nineteenth century that provide a comprehensive, historically rich view of samurai life and philosophy. Training the Samurai Mind gives an insider’s view of the samurai world: the moral and psychological development of the warrior, the ethical standards they were meant to uphold, their training in both martial arts and strategy, and the enormous role that the traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism had in influencing samurai ideals. The writings deal with a broad range of subjects—from military strategy and political science, to personal discipline and character development. Cleary introduces each piece, putting it into historical context, and presents biographical information about the authors. This is an essential read for anyone interested in military history and samurai history, and for martial artists who want to understand strategy.
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Immovable Wisdom

The Art of Zen Strategy : the Teachings of Takuan Soho

Author: N.A

Publisher: Element Books, Limited

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 181

View: 7003

The Zen Master Takuan Sono (1573-1645) was a master of calligraphy, painting, gardening, martial arts, and the teacher of the Shogun Iemitsu, Yagyu Tajima-no-Kami (founder of Japan's greatest swordsmanship school) and Miyamoto Musashi (author of The Book of Five Rings).
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The Life-Giving Sword

Secret Teachings from the House of the Shogun

Author: Yagyu Munenori

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 083482812X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 9538

The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns—and a great rival to Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori's life was spent immersed in Zen teachings. These teachings formed the framework for his deeply spiritual approach to sword fighting. Munenori saw in the practice of the sword a way to transform the student into a total human being. The Life-Giving Sword is Munenori's manifesto on his approach. His central themes are the "life-giving sword"—the idea of controlling one's opponent by spiritual readiness to fight rather than by actual fighting—and "No Sword," which is the idea that the mind must be free of everything, even the sword itself, in order to get to the place of complete mastery. Munenori's ideas are applicable not only to martial arts but to business and human relations as well.
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Master of the Three Ways

Reflections of a Chinese Sage on Living a Satisfying Life

Author: Hung Ying-Ming

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834827883

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

View: 5960

At once profound, spiritual, and witty, Master of the Three Ways is a remarkable work about human nature, the essence of life, and how to live simply and with awareness. In three hundred and fifty-seven verses, the author, Hung Ying-ming—a seventeenth-century Chinese sage—explores good and evil, honesty and deception, wisdom and foolishness, and heaven and hell. He draws from the wisdom of the "Three Creeds"—Taoism, Confucianism, and Zen Buddhism—to impress upon us that by combining simple elegance with the ordinary, we can make our lives artistic and poetic. This sense, along with a particular understanding of Zen that makes art from the simple in everyday life, has permeated Chinese and Japanese culture to this day. The work is divided into two books. The first generally deals with the art of living in society and the second is concerned with man's solitude and contemplations of nature. These themes repeatedly spill over into each other, creating multiple levels of meaning.
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Cultivating Ch'i

A Samurai Physician's Teachings on the Way of Health

Author: Kaibara Ekiken,William Scott Wilson

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 159030988X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 223

View: 4464

Samurai are best known for taking life—but here is a samurai doctor's prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one. Unlike other samurai of his time, the samurai Kaibara Ekiken (1630–1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the healthy mind and body upon which martial techniques and philosophy depended. While serving as the chief medical doctor and healer to the Kuroda clan, he came to a holistic view of how the physical, mental, and spiritual lives of his patients were connected. Drawing from his medical practice, the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, and his life experience, Ekiken createdthis text as a guide to sustaining health and stamina from youth to old age. Ekiken's advice regarding moderation, food and drink, sleep, sexual activity, bathing, and therapeutic practices is still amazingly intuitive and appropriate nearly three hundred years after this book was written.
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Fudochi Shin Myoroku

The Mysterious Record of Immovable Wisdom

Author: Takuan Soho

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781536952957

Category:

Page: 140

View: 3749

A translation of Takuan Soho's legendary work regarding Buddhism and the sword. The original pages from an Edo Era book are reproduced followed by a transliteration of the script, followed by a modern Japanese translation as well as an English translation. This version of Fudochi Shin Myoroku contains both similarites and differences to other versions.
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The Book of Five Rings

Author: Musashi Miyamoto

Publisher: Booklassic

ISBN: 9635243979

Category: Philosophy

Page: 31

View: 2731

Miyamoto Musashi's Go Rin no Sho or the book of five rings,is considered a classic treatise on military strategy, much like Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Chanakya's Arthashastra. The five "books" refer to the idea that there are different elements of battle, just as there are different physical elements in life, as described by Buddhism, Shinto, and other Eastern religions. Through the book Musashi defends his thesis: a man who conquers himself is ready to take it on on the world, should need arise.
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Zen in the Martial Arts

Author: Joe Hyams

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307755509

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

View: 2763

"A man who has attained mastery of an art reveals it in his every action."--Samurai Maximum. Under the guidance of such celebrated masters as Ed Parker and the immortal Bruce Lee, Joe Hyams vividly recounts his more than 25 years of experience in the martial arts. In his illuminating story, Hyams reveals to you how the daily application of Zen principles not only developed his physical expertise but gave him the mental discipline to control his personal problems-self-image, work pressure, competition. Indeed, mastering the spiritual goals in martial arts can dramatically alter the quality of your life-enriching your relationships with people, as well as helping you make use of all your abilities.
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The Way of the Living Sword

The Secret Teachings of Yagyu Munenori

Author: Yagyu Munenori,D. E. Tarver

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595279988

Category: History

Page: 64

View: 5328

The Way of the Living Sword is the final installment in D.E. Tarver's popular Warrior Series. It stands beside The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi as one of the greatest writings of the warrior mind. In The Way of the Living Sword, Munenori gives an in-depth explanation of the connection between physical martial arts and the mental process of Zen. While Munenori and Musashi were both avid students of Zen, Munenori was more fascinated by the academic aspects of the philosophy. Munenori stretches the consciousness of even the most enlightened martial artist. Martial arts devotees will experience many flashes of revelation as Tarver explores the various aspects of Munenori's approach. Read and grow!
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The Swordsman's Handbook

Samurai Teachings on the Path of the Sword

Author: William Scott Wilson

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834829738

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 5839

There is perhaps no more potent symbol of the samurai era than the sword. By the seventeenth century in Japan, the art of swordsmanship had begun to take on an almost cult-like popularity. Swordsmanship was more than a mastery of technique; it was a path toward self-mastery. The Swordsman’s Handbook is the definitive collection of writings by men who saw the study of swordsmanship not only as essential to life and death, but as something that transcended life and death as well. Their teaching, that dealing with conflict is an art that requires grace and courage, speaks to us today with surprising immediacy and relevance. Included in this collection are writings by Kotada Yahei Toshitada, Takuan Soho, Yagyu Munenori, Miyamoto Musashi, Matsura Seizan, Issai Chozanshi, and Yamaoka Tesshu.
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Ideals of the Samurai

Writings of Japanese Warriors

Author: William Scott Wilson,Gregory Lee

Publisher: Black Belt Communications

ISBN: 9780897500814

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 143

View: 9021

An anthology of 12 samurai manuscripts showing the meaning and guiding principles of samurai life.
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The Art of Peace

Author: Morihei Ueshiba,John Stevens

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590308921

Category: Philosophy

Page: 184

View: 2683

The inspirational teachings in this collection show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. Drawn from the writings of the founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido, this work offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict.
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Samurai Mind

Lessons from Japan's Master Warriors

Author: N.A

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462900720

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 128

View: 9600

The Samurai Mind is a collection of five seminal Japanese texts that convey the essence of traditional samurai philosophy and ethic from very different, but complementary points of view. These texts range from the ferocious to the esoteric—with their common thread being the importance of mastering one's own mind as the key to overcoming opponents. Written from the mid-18th to early 19th century, the authors were acknowledged master samurai warriors keen to address a broader audience beyond their circle of students and acolytes. Their aim was to explain their craft to the outside world, and they do so with great insight. The classic Japanese texts are: The Mysterious Skills of the Old Cat Sword Theory A Treatise on the Sword Joseishi's Discussions on the Sword Ignorance in Swordsmanship Four of the five texts presented here are translated into English for the first time making The Samurai Mind an important addition to the literature on Japanese martial arts and a valuable resource for all martial artists. This samurai philosophy book is an informative look at the samurai of Japan with particular emphasis on the warrior's relationship with his samurai sword—the most fabled weapon in history—and on his need to cultivate mental discipline to achieve his goals.
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Soul of the Samurai

Modern Translations of Three Classic Works of Zen & Bushido

Author: Thomas Cleary

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462900313

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

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Soul of the Samurai contains modern translations of three classic works of Zen & Bushido. In Soul of the Samurai, bestselling author and respected translator Thomas Cleary reveals the true essence of the Bushido code or Zen warrior teachings according to 17th-century Japanese samurai master Yagyu Munenori and his Zen teacher Takuan Soho. The three works of Zen & Bushido translated in Soul of the Samurai are: The Book of the Sword by Yagyu Munenori The Inscrutable Subtlety of Immovable Wisdom by Takuan Soho The Peerless Sword by Takuan Soho Yagyu was a renowned swordsman and chief of the Shogun's secret police, while Takuan was the Zen spiritual mentor to the Emperor. This samurai philosophy book contains the first English translations of their seminal writings on Bushido. Cleary not only provides clear and readable translations but comprehensive notes introducing the social, political, and organizational principles that defined samurai culture—their loyalty to family, their sense of service and duty, and their political strategies for dealing with allies and enemies. These writings introduce the reader to the authentic world of Zen culture and the secrets behind the samurai's success—being "in the moment" and freeing the mind from all distractions, allowing you to react instantaneously and instinctively without thinking. In these classic works we learn that Zen mental control and meditational training were as important to the Samurai as swordsmanship and fighting skills.
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The sword & the mind

Author: Munenori Yagyū

Publisher: Overlook Pr

ISBN: 9780879512095

Category: History

Page: 133

View: 8184

The first English translation of a seventeenth-century philosophical exploration of Japanese swordsmanship offers strategic advice in the tradition of "A Book of Five Rings."
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A Way to Victory

The Annotated Book of Five Rings

Author: Musashi Miyamoto

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781585676989

Category: Philosophy

Page: 162

View: 5829

A new translation of the great Japanese treatise on strategy, combat, and the martial arts updates the three-hundred-year-old text for modern readers.
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