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  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; New edition edition (31 Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570620504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570620508
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terry Tozer on 24 July 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a very well written and entertaining account of Tesshu, one of the last samurai, a retainer in the Emperor's service who lived during the period of Japan's transition from feudalism to a modern, industrialized state.

Tesshu was a man of great martial skills and equally great compassion who was always poor because he gave away most of his considerable stipend to support his poor and starving relatives, friends, and innumerable homeless (human as well as animals) that he took in and fed, often saving them from almost certain starvation.

As a result, he often went without food one or two days a week, preferring to give it to those in even greater need. He was a devout Buddhist at a time when most Japanese had long since adopted Shinto. Tesshu was also an accomplished calligrapher and poet.

Overall, it's a very readable account of a great man who remained loyal to the old ways and traditions even as they were crumbling around him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Stonegate on 27 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is a fascinating read, recalling a life that was both spiritually deep and light-hearted. Tesshu was clearly a true master of life, which translated into his swordmanship. I recommend this book for anyone, but especially sword practitioners seeking a greater spiritual understanding of themselves and the world, and how kendo or kenjutsu can guide you along that path. For those interested in the life of an enlightened Zen master, then this book is also bound to impart great insight. And for those interested in one of the key political figures in the turbulent times of early Meji-era Japan, then this is also an important read.
If you practice kendo or kenjutsu, this may well be the most important book on your art that you will ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Tozer on 2 July 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a very well written and entertaining account of Tesshu, one of the last samurai, a retainer in the Emperor's service who lived during the period of Japan's transition from feudalism to a modern, industrialized state.

Tesshu was a man of great martial skills and equally great compassion who was always poor because he gave away most of his considerable stipend to support his poor and starving relatives, friends, and innumerable homeless (human as well as animals) that he took in and fed, often saving them from almost certain starvation.

As a result, he often went without food one or two days a week, preferring to give it to those in even greater need. He was a devout Buddhist at a time when most Japanese had long since adopted Shinto. Tesshu was also an accomplished calligrapher and poet.

Overall, it's a very readable account of a great man who remained loyal to the old ways and traditions even as they were crumbling around him.
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