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CompleteMartialArts.com - Training the Samurai Mind: A Bushido Sourcebook

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Binding: Hardcover
Dewey Decimal Number: 170.440952
EAN: 9781590305720
ISBN: 1590305728
Label: Shambhala
Manufacturer: Shambhala
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2008-05-13
Publisher: Shambhala
Release Date: 2008-05-13
Studio: Shambhala

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Honor, fearlessness, calm, decisive action, strategic thinking, and martial prowess have been the hallmarks of the Japanese samurai culture through the ages. Their ethos is known as bushido, or the way of the warrior-knight. Here is an insider’s view of the samurai—their moral and psychological development, the ethical standards they strive 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 their ideals.

Thomas Cleary has collected writings on bushido by warriors, scholars, political advisors, and educators from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries that provide a comprehensive, historically rich view of samurai life and education. The selections deal with a broad range of subjects—from military strategy and political science to personal discipline and character development. Cleary includes an introduction to each piece, putting it into historical context and presenting biographical information about the authors. This is an essential read for martial artists and anyone interested in samurai history, but it will also appeal to readers in the fields of government, military, religion, and education.

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