This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the 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. "
The philosophy and competitive strategy presented by the spiritual mentor to Musashi is as useful to today's corporate warriors as it was to 17th century samurai.
|Book:||The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman|
|Author:||Takuan Soho William Scott Wilson(Translator)|
|Number of Pages:||144|
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