The Samurai Mind: Lessons from Japan's Master Warriors (Classic texts on cultivating mental discipline and achieving victory)

The Samurai Mind: Lessons from Japan's Master Warriors (Classic texts on cultivating mental discipline and achieving victory)

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by Christopher Hellman
     
 

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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 overcomingSee more details below

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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 five 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. The martial arts philosophy book is an informative look at the samurai of Japan with particular emphasis on the samurai's relationship with his sword—the most fabled weapon in history—and on his need to cultivate mental discipline to achieve his

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"[f]or anyone looking to get into the historical Japanese mind or interested in swords in general, it can make for some great reading."City Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462900725
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
518,032
File size:
1 MB

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