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The Book of Five Rings (Shambhala Dragon Editions) [Paperback]

Musashi Miyamoto , Thomas Cleary
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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface
Translator's Introduction
The Earth Scroll
On the Science of Martial Arts
Likening the Science of Martial Arts to Carpentry
The Science of Martial Arts
On the Composition of This Book in Five Scrolls
On Naming This Individual School "Two Swords"
On Knowing the Principles of the Words Martial Arts
On Knowing the Advantages of Weapons in Martial Arts
On Rhythm in Martial Arts
The Water Scroll
State of Mind in Martial Arts
Physical Bearing in Martial Arts
Focus of the Eyes in Martial Arts
Gripping the Long Sword
On Footwork
Five Kinds of Guard
The Way of the Long Sword
Procedures of Five Formal Techniques
On the Teaching of Having a Position without a Position
Striking Down an Opponent in a Single Beat
The Rhythm of the Second Spring
Striking without Thought and without Form
The Flowing Water Stroke
The Chance Hit
The Spark Hit
The Crimson Foliage Hit
The Body Instead of the Sword
Striking and Hitting
The Body of the Short-Armed Monkey
The Sticky Body
Comparing Height
The Body Blow
Three Parries
Stabbing the Face
Stabbing the Heart
The Cry
The Slapping Parry
A Stand Against Many Opponents
Advantage in Dueling
The Single Stroke
The State of Direct Penetration
The Fire Scroll
The Physical Situation
Three Preemptions
Holding Down the Pillow
Crossing a Ford
Knowing the State of Affairs
Stomping a Sword
Knowing Disintegration
Becoming the Opponent
Letting Go Four Hands
Moving Shadows
Arresting Shadows
Sticking Tight
Coming Up Against Corners
Three Shouts
Mountain and Sea Changing
Knocking the Heart Out
Becoming New
Small and Large
A Commander Knowing Soldiers
Letting Go of the Hilt
Being Like a Rock Wall
The Wind Scroll
On Wielding Extra-long Swords in Other Schools
Powerful Sword Blows in Other Schools
The Use of Shorter Long Swords in Other Schools
Numerous Sword Strokes in Other Schools
Positions of the Sword in Other Schools
The Focus of the Eyes in Other Schools
Footwork in Other Schools
The Use of Speed in Other Schools
The Esoteric and Exoteric in Other Schools
The Scroll of Emptiness
The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War
By Yagyu Munenori
The Killing Sword
The Great Learning
Mood and Will
Appearance and Intention
Beating the Grass to Scare the Snakes
The Vanguard of the Moment
Aggressive and Passive Modes
Logical Principles of Aggressive and Passive Attitudes of Body and Sword
Mental and Physical Aggressive and Passive Modes
Things to Learn When You Face an Aggressive Opponent
Things Learned for Facing Off in a Contest of Adversaries
The Mental Postures of Three Ways of Feinting
Addressing and Adapting to Changes of Mind
Double Looks
Hit and Be Hit At: The Sense of Winning by Letting Yourself Be Hit At
Three Rhythms
A Small Rhythm to a Large Rhythm, a Large Rhythm to a Small Rhythm
Noting the Tempo
Techniques I
Techniques II
Hearing the Sound of Wind and Water
The Sense of Elementary and Advanced Levels of Removal of Sickness
The Normal Mind
Like a Wooden Man Facing Flowers and Birds
The Free Mind
The Life-Giving Sword
Perceiving Abilities and Intentions
The Rhythm of Existence and Nonexistence
The Moon in the Water
The Quiescent Sword
Explanation of the Characters Used for "Quiescent"
The First Principle
The One-Foot Margin on Both Sides
"This Is the Ultimate" / The First Sword
Analysis of the Moon in the Water; the Quiescent Sword; Sickness; Body, Hands, and Feet
The Margin of Safety
Seeing the Quiescent Sword: Distinction of Three Levels
"The Mind Is Like the Moon in Water, the Body Is Like an Image in a Mirror."
Hasty Attack
Bringing Back the Mind
The Sense of Total Removal, the Sense of the Void, the Sense of Presenting the Mind
True and False Mind
No Sword
Great Potential and Great Function
Mind and Objects
Martial Arts and Buddhism
Yes and No
Truth and Untruth

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