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The Book of Five Rings: A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword (Paperback)

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By Miyamoto Musashi, Thomas Cleary (Translator)
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When a warrior reaches a ripe old age and retires, you can bet your sword arm that they were good at their job. And when, after examining their life, they write down the reasons they survived as long as they did, you’d better read it. You may not be a killer, but the philosophy of a successful one can be applied to any discipline.

— Aric

Description


The Book of Five Rings is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction.

The Book of Five Rings was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Thomas Cleary's translation is immediately accessible, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates here another important Japanese classic on leadership and strategy, The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War by Yagyu Munenori, which highlights the ethical and spiritual insights of Taoism and Zen as they apply to the way of the warrior.

About the Author


Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the 1600s, was an undefeated dueler, a masterless samurai, and an independent teacher. He spent the last decades of his life refining and teaching his military science.

Praise For…


"Embraced by many contemporary readers as a manual on how to succeed in life."— Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781590302484
ISBN-10: 1590302486
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: January 11th, 2005
Pages: 192
Language: English

 

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