Start reading Training the Samurai Mind: A Bushido Sourcebook on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Add Audible Narration
Training the Samurai Mind: A Bushido Sourcebook (Unabridged) Narrated by Brian Nishii £14.39 £4.49

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Training the Samurai Mind: A Bushido Sourcebook [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Cleary
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £19.99
Kindle Price: £7.12 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £12.87 (64%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Audible Narration

Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration. Add narration for a reduced price of £4.49 after you buy the Kindle book.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £7.12  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £19.99  
Audio Download, Unabridged £0.00 Free with Audible trial
MP3 CD £11.62  
Kindle Books Summer Sale
Kindle Summer Sale: Books from 99p
Browse over 600 titles from best-selling authors, including Neil Gaiman, John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer, Veronica Roth and Sylvia Day. >Shop now

Book Description

Through the ages, the samurai havebeen associated with honor, fearlessness, calm, decisive action, strategicthinking, and martial prowess. Their ethos is known as bushido, the Way of the Warrior-Knight.

Here,premier translator Thomas Cleary presents a rich collection of writings onbushido by warriors, scholars, political advisors, and educators from thefifteenth century through the nineteenth century that provide a comprehensive,historically rich view of samurai life and philosophy. Training the Samurai Mind gives an insider’s view of the samuraiworld: the moral and psychological development of the warrior, the ethicalstandards they were meant to uphold, their training in both martial arts andstrategy, and the enormous role that the traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism,Confucianism, and Taoism had in influencing samurai ideals.

Thewritings deal with a broad range of subjects—from military strategy and politicalscience, to personal discipline and character development. Cleary introduceseach piece, putting it into historical context, and presents biographicalinformation about the authors. This isan essential read for anyone interested in military history and samuraihistory, and for martial artists who want to understand strategy.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Page of Start over
This shopping feature will continue to load items. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading.

Product details

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart, Soul, Mind & Spirit of the Samurai 15 July 2008
In his truly inimitable and engaging style, Thomas presents us with an introduction and then a summary of twenty two of Japans greatest samurai, there thoughts, philosophies and life stories.

Covering a period of samurai from 1349 to 1865, we get right into the mind, spirit and true nature of what it was like to live their dangerous lives and how they ingeniously schemed to work out ways to survive and win battles with their enemies. There was rarely any quarter given in these harsh and brutal times.

It wasn't all bravery, wit and courage. These Japanese "knights" had to work out life saving strategies and tactics that would always win the day. If they survived the battle that they had lost, then they would probably have to up their lives to their lord and do the honourable thing by committing suicide to save face.

Beautifully & interestingly written by an expert in his field, you would expect nothing less from Thomas.

With over 600 years of experience all in one book, this has to be one of the best reference books for those seeking to understand what "The Way of the Warrior" is all about.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MANUAL OF HONOUR 1 Mar. 2011
A superlative collection of writings from some of the most outstanding figures of early Japanese society - warlords, samurai warriors and monks. This book can be viewed as a manual on honourable conduct, with such subjects as justice, truth, courage, civility and filial piety being discussed and promoted. To be a true warrior and knight meant combining martial skill with culture (pen and sword together), to protect the weak and innocent, respect the elderly and do the right thing - all virtues equally extolled by the ancient Celts and medieval chivalry and much needed in today's society.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Every one can learn from this book! 24 Oct. 2011
By Simon
A brilliant book that explains bushido, ways of war, politics, philosophy,science, moral and psychological development, ethics, training and more taken from writings from people who lived in the fifteenth to nineteenth century. I was totally enthralled by it and have learnt some new life lessons.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars realy a good book about Samurai mind. 15 Sept. 2013
By Uffe
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
there is a lot to learn from this warriors . Associated whet humor,fearlessness calm, decisive action .strategic thinking, and
moral .
Personal discipline and character development..
It work's fore me.
Have a good time whet the book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa, those Samurai were nutters 30 Oct. 2009
This is a very intersting book, full of essays on philosophy, politics, war strategy and social issues by various samurai spanning a few hundred years. Some of them surely were mental, while others appear to have been very moral and just. To be honest this book will only be of interst to you if you are in to Japanese history and culture. If you're looking for a manual on martial arts, as some I know who got this did, you'll be most disapointed. I loved it though.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An insightful collection on Samurai thinking.

Anyone who read The Book of Five Rings, who is interested in mental strategy, should also read this.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 11 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book by accident in a way. I thought i was buying a "how to" guide but upon reading it is a very good and informative book!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category