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Thomas Cleary
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1 Sep 2009
Through the ages, the samurai have been associated with honor, fearlessness, calm, decisive action, strategic thinking, 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 on bushido by warriors, scholars, political advisors, and educators from the fifteenth 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 samurai world: the moral and psychological development of the warrior, the ethical standards they were meant to uphold, their training in both martial arts and strategy, and the enormous role that the traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism had in influencing samurai ideals.

The writings deal with a broad range of subjects—from military strategy and political science, to personal discipline and character development. Cleary introduces each piece, putting it into historical context, and presents biographical information about the authors. This is an essential read for anyone interested in military history and samurai history, and for martial artists who want to understand strategy.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590307216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590307212
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars realy a good book about Samurai mind. 15 Sep 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars It is great! 31 Aug 2013
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I Really love it! it can't be better. It is good quality and I am sure many people will like it too.
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