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


The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman Author Takuan Soho
ISBN-10 1590309863
ISBN-13 9781590309865
Year 2012-06-12
Pages 144
Language English
Publisher Shambhala
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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 15731645 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 mindboth 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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