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The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

Soho, Takuan
Wilson, William Scott

Paperback

BuddhismMartial Arts

Publisher Price: $18.95

ISBN10: 1590309863
ISBN13: 9781590309865
Publisher: Shambhala
Published: Jun 12 2012
Pages: 144
Weight: 0.30
Height: 0.50 Width: 5.20 Depth: 7.30
Language: English
This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the martial 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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