Training the Samurai Mind

A Bushido Sourcebook
Author: Thomas Cleary
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834823082
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 288
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Through the ages, the samurai have been associated with honor, fearlessness, calm, decisive action, strategic thinking, and martial prowess. Their ethos is known as bushido, the Way of the Warrior-Knight. Here, premier translator Thomas Cleary presents a rich collection of writings on bushido by warriors, scholars, political advisors, and educators from the fifteenth century through the nineteenth century that provide a comprehensive, historically rich view of samurai life and philosophy. Training the Samurai Mind gives an insider’s view of the samurai world: the moral and psychological development of the warrior, the ethical standards they were meant to uphold, their training in both martial arts and strategy, and the enormous role that the traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism had in influencing samurai ideals. The writings deal with a broad range of subjects—from military strategy and political science, to personal discipline and character development. Cleary introduces each piece, putting it into historical context, and presents biographical information about the authors. This is an essential read for anyone interested in military history and samurai history, and for martial artists who want to understand strategy.

Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare

From the School of Certain Victory
Author: Thomas Cleary
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462910351
Category: History
Page: 160
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This samurai strategy books is the first widely available English translation of Yamamoto Kansuke's classic treatise on strategy and tactics. Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare is Thomas Cleary's translation of the seminal writings attributed to Yamamoto Kansuke on Japanese martial arts and military service. A mysterious man of humble origins, Yamamoto distinguished himself in the service of the redoubtable Takeda Shingen. Yamamoto was a career solider and founder of the so-called "school of certain victory," from which the famous Miyamoto Musashi (The Book of Five Rings) emerged. His school developed the art of discerning situational combat advantage, so that a warrior was able to commit to action only when success was virtually assured. Translated and accompanied with helpful insights by Thomas Cleary, one of the foremost translators of the martial wisdom of Asia, this book is for all persons engaged in military, law enforcement, or emergency response, as well as for martial artists, athletes, business executives, diplomats and politicians.

Lords of the Samurai

Legacy of a Daimyo Family
Author: Yoko Woodson,Melissa M. Rinne,Takeuchi Jun'ichi,Thomas Cleary,Deborah Clearwaters
Publisher: Asian Art Museum of San
Category: Art
Page: 222
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150 superb examples of armor, weaponry, costumes, paintings, and lacquerware from the Hosokawa family


der Weg des Samurai
Author: Tsunetomo Yamamoto
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3936018278
Page: 140
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Samurai Mind

Lessons from Japan's Master Warriors
Author: N.A
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462900720
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 128
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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 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. This samurai philosophy book is an informative look at the samurai of Japan with particular emphasis on the warrior's relationship with his samurai sword—the most fabled weapon in history—and on his need to cultivate mental discipline to achieve his goals.

Zen: The Religion of the Samurai

A Study of Zen Philosophy and Discipline in China and Japan
Author: Kaiten Nukariya
Publisher: The Floating Press
ISBN: 1775413691
Category: Religion
Page: 399
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Interested in learning more about the Zen tradition? Skip the watered-down, touchy-feely translations that crowd the shelves of most Western bookstores and go straight to the source with this rigorous treatment of the subject. Author Kaiten Nukariya offers a compelling overview of Zen within its proper historical and cultural context. A must-read for those interested in history, comparative religious studies, and world cultures.

Mind Penetration

The Ancient Art of Mental Mastery
Author: Haha Lung
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 0806537795
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 273
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The renowned martial arts master and author of Mind Fist and Lost Arts of War shows readers how to achieve total mental domination over enemies. To read the mind of your enemy, to manipulate his psyche to serve your purposes, and to claim victory without ever landing a blow—these are the secrets of I-Hsing. To become a master of the Mind Fist, the greatest weapon of I-Hsing, is to gain more than a competitive advantage, it is to gain complete control over your foes. In Mind Penetration, Dr. Haha Lung distills the essential skills and techniques behind I-Hsing’s seemingly supernatural ability to smash your enemy’s mental defenses and bend anyone to your will. Comprehensive and easy to follow, this guide invites readers to: Explore the origins and history of mind manipulation Discover its practice in the ancient Far East and in the modern West Learn how to control the minds of your enemies Gain confidence and knowledge through clear descriptions and helpful illustrations

The Religion Of The Samurai (Annotated Edition)

Author: Kaiten Nukariya
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 3849622037
Page: 205
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This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys Davids * an interactive table-of-contents * perfect formatting for electronic reading devices This study of Zen philosophy and the disciples in China and Japan elaborates on the differences between Mahayana Buddhism and Theraveda. The Zen sect is one of many Buddhist sects and has millions of followers worldwide. Contents: Preface To Second Edition. Preface. Introduction. Chapter I. Life Of Shakyamuni Till His Appearance At Benares As A Teacher. Chapter Ii. Life Of Buddha From His Appearance As A Teacher At Benares To The Conversion Of Rahula. Chapter Iii. From The Commencement Of Rahula's Religious Life Till The Near Approach Of The Nirvana. Chapter Iv. Last Discourses And Death Of Buddha. Chapter V. The Patriarchs Of The Northern Buddhists. Chapter Vi. Sketch Of The History Of Buddhism In China. Chapter Vii. The Schools Of Chinese Buddhism. Chapter Viii. On Chi-K'ai And The T'ien-T'ai School Of Buddhism. Chapter Ix. The Buddhist Moral System. Chapter X. The Buddhist Calendar. Chapter Xi. Relation Of Buddhism To The Older Hindoo Mythology. Chapter Xii. The Buddhist Universe. Chapter Xiii. The Extended Universe Of The Northern Buddhists. Chapter Xiv. Buddhist Images And Image Worship. Chapter Xv. Monasteries At P'u-To. Chapter Xvi. Buddhist Processions, Associations, Pilgrimages, And Ceremonies For The Dead. Chapter Xvii. Buddhist Literature. Chapter Xviii. The Leng-Yen-King.--First Chapter. Chapter Xix. The Ekashloka Shastra. Chapter Xx. Effect Of Buddhism On The Philosophy Of The Sung Dynasty. Chapter Xxi. Feng-Shui; Or, The Wind And Water Superstition Of The Chinese. Chapter Xxii. Buddhist Phraseology In Relation To Christian Teaching. Chapter Xxiii. Notice Of The Wu-Wei-Kiau, A Reformed Buddhist Sect. Chapter Xxiv. Buddhism And Tauism In Their Popular Aspects. Chapter Xxvi. Books And Papers That May Be Consulted For The Study Of Chinese Buddhism.

Das Buch der fünf Ringe

Klassische Strategien aus dem alten Japan
Author: Miyamoto Musashi
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 3492964869
Category: Self-Help
Page: 160
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Dieses Grundlagenwerk der Schwertkunst ist eine klassische Anleitung für strategisches Handeln: Entscheidend für eine erfolgreiche Umsetzung von Miyamoto Musashis Weisheiten ist nicht die Technik, sondern die innere Haltung, geprägt durch Entspannung, Offenheit und Klugheit des Herzens. Musashi zeigt in zahlreichen anschaulichen Beispielen und Geschichten, wie kluges strategisches Handeln auch in der heutigen Berufs- und Arbeitswelt zum Erfolg führt.

Zen in der Kunst des Bogenschiessens

Author: Eugen Herrigel
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783596160976
Page: 191
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Verlagsinfo: Zen in der Kunst des Bogenschießens wurde für viele Leser zu einem Schlüsselerlebnis. Wer das Geheimnis der kunstlosen Kunst des Bogenschießens beherrscht, der entdeckt auch die Kunst des Lebens. Der Zen-Weg, das Buch, das die Eigenart des Zen, seine meditative Praxis, seine Beziehung zu den Künsten und seine Bedeutung für den Westen behandelt, gehört zu den inspirierendsten Schriften der Zen- Literatur aus westlicher Feder. - Eugen Herrigel, geboren 1884 in Lichtenau bei Kehl, gestorben 1955 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 1924 folgte der in Heidelberg lehrende Philosoph dem Ruf an die Universität in Sendai, Japan. Die Begegnung mit dem Zen-Buddhismus sollte sein Leben grundlegend verändern und ihn nach seiner Rückkehr nach Deutschland (1929, an die Universität Erlangen) zum entscheidenden Wegbereiter dieser Denkweise und Lebensauffassung im Westen werden lassen.

Secrets of the Samurai

The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan
Author: Oscar Ratti,Adele Westbrook
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462902545
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 400
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Secrets of the Samurai is the definitive study of the martial arts of feudal Japan, explaining in detail the weapons, techniques, strategies, and principles of combat that made the Japanese warrior a formidable foe. Beginning with a panoramic survey of the tumultuous early struggles of warlords contending for political ascendancy, the work outlines the relentless progression of the military class toward absolute power. In addition to illustrating actual methods of combat, the authors discuss in detail the crucial training necessary to develop a warrior's inner power and to concentrate all his energies into a single force. Secrets of the Samurai is an essential text for anyone with an interest in Japanese combat techniques, weaponry, or military history. This edition also contains a new foreword by Adele Westbrook and numerous previously unpublished illustrations by Oscar Ratti. Chapters include: The Bushi The Heimin The Centers of Martial Instruction Armed Bujutsu Unarmed Bujutsu Control and Power Strategic Principles Morality of Bujutsu

The Golden Kill

Author: Marc Olden
Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers
ISBN: 9049984258
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Alone and outgunned, Sand has two weeks to stop the largest gold heist in history The Chinese diplomat walks into the revolving door just a step ahead of the grenade. Samurai Robert Sand is too late to save him from the blast, but as the smoke clears he is hot on the grenade-tosser’s heels. In Central Park, Sand disarms the killer and knocks him unconscious. His name is Ivan Vanich, and he is posing as a Soviet operative. His real employer is a power-mad millionaire, who arranged the hit as part of a plot to upend a Russo-Chinese trading contract and seize the profits for himself. The diplomat in the revolving door was only the first to die. On special orders from an ex-president, Sand races to avert catastrophe. His hunt for answers takes him to a sprawling English castle, where the samurai comes face to face with the man who would let millions die for the sake of gold.


The Crime and Punishment of Japan
Author: Willis Lamott
Publisher: N.A
Category: National characteristics, Japanese
Page: 253
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Savage Dawn

Author: James Axler
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1460304055
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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OMNIPRESENT MENACE In postapocalyptic earth, the Cerberus rebels fight the forces of alien tyranny over humankind. While the losses are often painful, their victories bring renewed promise. Forging a brave new world from the wreckage of the old, these dedicated warriors won't stop until mankind is once again master of its own destiny on earth. PREDATORS OF EARTH Kane, Brigid and Grant come to the aid of a race of serpenthuman mutants caught up in civil war. Hope for the mutant race lies in an alliance with the advanced people who live in a verdant, secret place deep beneath the shattered islands of Japan. But their subterranean haven is under siege. In a battle to the finish, Kane and the others confront a prehistoric nightmare, retooled and fortified by the deepest mysteries of the Outlands.

Zen Stories of the Samurai

Author: Neal Dunnigan
ISBN: 1411620410
Category: Religion
Page: 136
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Intriguing encounters between Zen practitioners and samurai warriors are recaptured in this breviloquent collection of short stories drawn from the literature of feudal Japan. These encounters deal with the nature of immediacy and its role in understanding the essence of human existence. For the martial artist faced with a conflict, the Zen state of mind, without distractions and illusions, can determine the difference between life and death. The warrior experience, as revealed in these traditional stories, is retold in a style that is relevant and graspable to the contemporary American martial artist. No particular religious background is required to appreciate these stories, but rather a curiosity about what allows people to achieve extraordinary performance when faced with life and death circumstances. Zen ink paintings by John Hrabushi offer a meditative and intellectual cross training throughout the collection. Foreword by noted Aikido Shihan Lorraine DiAnne.

Anime and Philosophy

Wide Eyed Wonder
Author: Josef Steiff,Tristan D. Tamplin
Publisher: Open Court Publishing
ISBN: 0812696700
Category: Philosophy
Page: 348
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Anime and Philosophy focuses on some of the most-loved, most-intriguing anime films and series, as well as lesser-known works, to find what lies at their core. Astro Boy, Dragon Ball Z, Ghost in the Shell, and Spirited Away are just a few of the films analyzed in this book. In these stories about monsters, robots, children, and spirits who grapple with the important questions in life we find insight crucial to our times: lessons on morality, justice, and heroism, as well as meditations on identity, the soul, and the meaning -- or meaninglessness -- of life. Anime has become a worldwide phenomenon, reaching across genres, mediums, and cultures. For those wondering why so many people love anime or for die-hard fans who want to know more, Anime and Philosophy provides a deeper appreciation of the art and storytelling of this distinctive Japanese culture.