The Art of War: Translation, Essays, and Commentary by the Denma Translation Group

The Art of War: Translation, Essays, and Commentary by the Denma Translation Group

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by Sun Tzu
     
 

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Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to respond to conflict wisely, thoroughly, and victoriously is right before us at all times. The key to skillful action in any situation is in knowing those things that make up the environment and then seeing the patterns they form so that their

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Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to respond to conflict wisely, thoroughly, and victoriously is right before us at all times. The key to skillful action in any situation is in knowing those things that make up the environment and then seeing the patterns they form so that their power becomes available to us. It is not necessary to change the nature of things to find victory. Since, as Sun Tzu teaches, aggression and response in kind can lead only to destruction, we must learn to work with conflict in a more profound and effective way. The Art of War shows us how.

The Art of War gives us proven strategic skills to apply when we need to take action and overcome obstacles in rapidly changing, chaotic situations. Though ancient in origin, these strategies are accessible because they are based on the ways we already do things. As Sun Tzu shows, rather than getting mired in conflict, we can create momentum and bring about the tipping point to achieve success.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834821699
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Series:
Shambhala Publications
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
757,821
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From
Part One: Sun Tzu's
The
Art of War

FORM

Sun
Tzu said:

Of old the skilled first made themselves invincible to await the enemy's vincibility.

Invincibility lies in oneself.

Vincibility lies in the enemy.

Thus the skilled can make themselves invincible.

They cannot cause the enemy's vincibility.

Thus it is said, "Victory can be known. It cannot be made."

Invincibility is defense.

Vincibility is attack.

Defend and one has a surplus.

Attack and one is insufficient.

Of old those skilled at defense hid below the nine earths and moved above the nine heavens.

Thus they could preserve themselves and be all-victorious.

In seeing victory, not going beyond what everyone knows is not skilled.

Victory in battle that all-under-heaven calls skilled is not skilled.

Thus lifting an autumn hair does not mean great strength.

Seeing the sun and the moon does not mean a clear eye.

Hearing thunder does not mean a keen ear.

So-called skill is to be victorious over the easily defeated.

Thus the battles of the skilled are without extraordinary victory, without reputation for wisdom and without merit for courage.

And so one's victories are without error.

Being without error, what one arranges is necessarily victorious

Since one is victorious over the defeated.

One skilled at battle takes a stand in the ground of no defeat.

And so does not lose the enemy's defeat.

Therefore,
the victorious military is first victorious and after that does battle.

The defeated military first does battle and after that seeks victory.

And so one who is skilled cultivates Tao and preserves method.

Thus one can be the measure of victory and defeat.

As for method—

First,
measure length.

Second,
measure volume.

Third,
count.

Fourth,
weigh.

The fifth is victory.

Earth gives birth to length.

Length gives birth to volume.

Volume gives birth to counting.

Counting gives birth to weighing.

Weighing gives birth to victory.

A
victorious military is like weighing a hundredweight against a grain.

A
defeated military is like weighing a grain against a hundredweight.

One who weighs victory sets the people to battle like releasing amassed water into a gorge one thousand

jen

deep.

This is form.

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