SOUL OF THE SAMURAI: Modern Translations

Book number: 92698 Product format: Hardback Author: THOMAS CLEARY
Modern translations of Yagyu Munenori's 'The Book of Family Traditions' and Takuan Soho's 'Subtlety of Immovable Wisdom' and 'Notes of the Peerless Sword', these are three classic works of Zen philosophy and Bushido and Buddhism. Respected translator Thomas Cleary reveals the true essence of the Bushido code or Zen warrior teachings according to 17th century Japanese masters. Yagyu was a renowned swordsman and Chief of the Shogun's Secret Police, while his Zen teacher Takuan Soho was the Zen spiritual mentor to the Emperor. This Samurai philosophy book contains the first English translations of their seminal writings, clear and readable translations with comprehensive notes introducing the social, political and organisational 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. Swordsmanship and fighting skills, and a cryptic treatise in Kanbun (Chinese) on the Zen sword is presented with Takuan's own elucidation in Japanese. Martial arts and Buddhism, topics include tossing a ball on the water and not stopping moment to moment, not letting your mind go, the unminding mind, the affliction of ignorant states of fixation, the sense of emptiness and much more. 156pp.
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