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Manufacturer: Kodansha International
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 294.34
EAN: 9780870118517
ISBN: 087011851X
Label: Kodansha International
Manufacturer: Kodansha International
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 104
Publication Date: 1988-03-15
Publisher: Kodansha International
Studio: Kodansha International

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Editorial Reviews:

So succinct are the author's insights that these writings have outlasted the dissolution of the samurai class to come down to the present and be read for guidance and inspiration by the captains of business and industry, as well as those devoted to the practice of the martial arts in their modern form.


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Summary: Mind over matter?
Comment: You might be someone who's down to earth, just like, figuring out how in someone's name some Japanese sword fighter is going to help you out in your daily life. Well, he isn't going to.

What this book does teaches you is to seek within yourself and return to your own core. As I'm not someone who meditates or does much spiritual enlightment, this book still taught me a lot. As for the time of reading it, it takes you back into time and makes you think of certain things you might not have thought about all your life. So, if that's enlightment, count me in.

With only 92 real pages to read, this book still gives much value for its price. Most sentences are compressed with knowledge and sometimes make you read them twice. Hey, that's 184 pages already then!

Are you interested in gaining some spiritual thoughts and maybe some habits as well? Then read this book.

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Summary: Takuan Soho's Legacy
Comment: This is a legacy of Takuan Soho, a Zen monk from medieval Japan who live in the same period with Minamoto Mushasi, author of The Book of Five Rings. In this book Takuan Soho was trying to explain the concept of Zen to other sword master, Yagyu Munemori, and of course from the perspective of Buddhism. "A" gook book actualy but it takes a great amount of time to read and understand it.

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Summary: A spiritual book for the swordsman.
Comment: I would suggest this book for Kendo and Kenjutsu practitioners for spiritual reasons.

Soho was the spiritual teacher of a famous Swordsman Yagyu Munenori. In Yagyu¡¦s books his strong Zen background is evident. Soho was not an excellent swordsman himself. However he pioneered the spiritual aspects of chopping someone¡¦s head off. He was more of a cook than swordsman. As is evident by his now famous pickle.

So buy a jar of Soho pickles to munch on before reading this book. º


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Summary: I like Takuan's Zen...
Comment: ...I'd like to meet him. But not in a duel. The title of the book is appropriate. Do not park your mind. Zen is a no-parking zone. It is alright to park your tail on a cushion, though. To understand this book, you need to be a bit of a martial artist, and a bit of a zennist to begin with. Not for beginners, or for those who like their gruel thin.

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Summary: the unfettered pickle
Comment: i know this is completely unhelpful and i'm going to be berated for this review, but i think it's funny. in japan there's a kind of pickle named after takuan.

also (on the horrific side of things), the idea of combining buddhism and warrior values is kind of scary to me. really what it leads to is "mindless" killing. ideas along this vein were used during WWII to encourage just that.

hate me if you want.


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