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

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The Art of War is more than just a ancient Chinese war manual: It is a store of wisdom that answers the perennial question, How are we to act effectively within a never-ending flow of change? The living quality of Sun Tzu's strategic masterpiece has never been clearer than in this simple, bold new translation. The result is text that provides us with an understanding of how to achieve victory over war—how we can win without fighting—in practical terms that anyone can apply to conflicts in our everyday lives. This...

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Overview

The Art of War is more than just a ancient Chinese war manual: It is a store of wisdom that answers the perennial question, How are we to act effectively within a never-ending flow of change? The living quality of Sun Tzu's strategic masterpiece has never been clearer than in this simple, bold new translation. The result is text that provides us with an understanding of how to achieve victory over war—how we can win without fighting—in practical terms that anyone can apply to conflicts in our everyday lives. This new edition includes engaging essays and commentary to deepen the reader's understanding of how to apply Sun Tzu's insights in modern day life. In The Art of War, Sun Tzu teaches us how to overcome our adversaries without destroying them. The essence of this approach lies in the concept of "taking whole"—bringing the opponent into one's own sphere. How can readers apply this wisdom? If they assume the perspective of the Sage Commander, noting the conditions of every conflict, then skillful action becomes apparent in any given situation. Original essays and commentary clearly articulate this perspective. Awareness of the present moment, the translators show, holds the key to implementing Sun Tzu's principles in our daily lives. "Develop an intimate understanding of the text as a living practice," they advise. "Then, like its earlier lineage holders, we can move outward into our world and act."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way Sun Tzu's The Art of War is undisputedly one of the bestselling leadership books of all time. This new translation by the Denma Translation Group--led by Kidder Smith (Sung Dynasty Uses of the I Ching), an Asian studies expert at Bowdoin College, and James Gimian, publisher of the Shambhala Sun magazine--helps bridge the gap between the ancient Chinese oral tradition and today's modern reader. It's supplemented with essays and commentary that demonstrate just how much this message of victory without aggression still resonates with how we conduct all aspects of our lives today. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The Art of War is a title familiar to many Westerners, at least by name. Tzu is said to have been the patriarch of the Chinese military lineage that collectively created this work approximately 2300 years ago, and since then the text has fascinated casual readers as well as business and military leaders with its unusually clear delineation of strategic thinking. The standard modern translation with commentary is that of Samuel Griffith (Oxford Univ., 1988). The Denma Translation Group, an amalgam of scholars who are also Buddhist practitioners, was formed specifically for the purpose of creating this new translation in a way that faithfully conveys, as best possible, the meaning and flavor of the classical Chinese. By the group's own admission, this makes the text occasionally difficult. The commentary and essays included, however, will help the reader appreciate that this work has endured, not simply as a manual for the conduct of warfare but because of the depth of the principles on which it is based and their applicability to everyday life. Libraries, particularly academic collections, will want to acquire this as a complement to the Griffith translation. Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll., NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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This new translation promises to preserve the enigmatic quality of the original work, a strategy manual whose core idea is an understanding that conflict is an inescapable part of human life and whose purpose is to make war unnecessary. While Sun Tzu's teachings have been widely adopted by those seeking a competitive edge in business, this handsomely designed volume focuses on broader implications of the philosopher's ideas and how they can be applied to everyday circumstances. The translation team was led by Kidder Smith (Asian studies, Bowdoin College) and James Gimian (publisher, magazine). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570625527
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/26/2000
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Applying The Art of War xi
Part 1 Sun Tzu's The Art of War 1
Part 2 Three Essays 63
Taking Whole 65
The Sage Commander 82
Joining the Tradition 107
Part 3 Commentary 125
About the Translation 225
www.victoryoverwar.com 230
About the Denma Translation Group 231
Acknowledgments 233
Notes 235
Index 238
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