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The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman Kindle Edition
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The paperback (1987) edition contains 101 numbered pages and consists of a Foreword, an Introduction, a Notes section and a Bibliography. This book is comprised of three essays written by Takuan Soho:
The Mysterious Record of Immovable Wisdom - (Letter to master Yagyu Munenori).
The Clear Sound of Jewels - (Advice on knowing 'right' from 'selfishness').
Annals of the Sword Taia - (Letter to either Munenori or Ono Tadaaki).
Wilson provides the English translation for the Japanese text known as Nihon no Zen Goroku Zenshu, Vol 13, which gathered its information from the Takuan Osho Zenshu. These two letters and one instructional text offer advice about sword technique, mind development, self-transcendence, duty, psychology of combat and spiritual growth, the avoidance of selfishness, the cultivation of wisdom, correct dying for a warrior, and compassion. The sword is inbued with divine power within Japanese traditional culture. Takuan was a very well thought of Zen monk in Japan, who became an abbot of a temple in Kyoto at just 35 years old!Read more ›
The three essays requires contemplation and an appreciation of its context. It is a useful companion to anyone who sees the usefulness of constant striving to improve one's Self, "We are that which we habitually do...", and a reminder to all faiths that humanity requires a moral code.
I feel allot gets lost in translation and there is a vast cultural gap that is way out of time. If you put in the effort you will find lots to muse over and compare. The theory of "no mind" is the central aspect of this way of thinking that shows a very natural height that can be recognized and more actively sought after. Something about the writing makes the essence timeless.
I am sure that Musashi valued his friendship with the author. The insights into human nature and self improvement are timeless.
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OK, but more as a curious historical document than a text that inspires. In that sense I prefer some writings of D.T. Suzuki and Eugen Herrigel etc.Published 16 months ago by M. Nicolas
This books offers an insight into the unique mindset of the Japanese Samurai during an era when one was not simply expected to master the sword but to also master his own self.Published on 13 Jan. 2013 by Anthony Alwell Herdman
I couldn't get into this book. I preferred the philosophy of Hagakure and the practicality of the Book of 5 Rings. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2002 by Chris