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

Thomas Cleary
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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.


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart, Soul, Mind & Spirit of the Samurai 15 July 2008
Format:Hardcover
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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MANUAL OF HONOUR 1 Mar. 2011
Format:Paperback
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every one can learn from this book! 24 Oct. 2011
By Simon
Format:Paperback
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.
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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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoa, those Samurai were nutters 30 Oct. 2009
Format:Hardcover
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.
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An insightful collection on Samurai thinking.

Anyone who read The Book of Five Rings, who is interested in mental strategy, should also read this.
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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!
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