really enjoyed this book, both as a martial artist, a person interested in spiritual growth and as a leader at work - it's not to long and is sufficiently varied to keep you interested, a small few of the 'lessons' are just too vague and dated for practical use nowadays, hence to 4 stars - but most of the content is 5 stars!
This has to be my favourite book on the Martial Arts and I keep it as a treasure in my library & bedside table. This is definitely one to consider taking on holiday. The life lessons in this book are invaluable. I can't believe that there are no other reviews on it yet!
The immense research that must have gone into producing what will I think be a classic in time is enormous drawing upon the skills and lessons learnt from many ancient budo masters, samurai and the like.
You actually have three books in one. Book One: The Book of the Seven Masters deals with the Body and Physical tactics to overcome a enemy. Book Two: Leadership promotes high moral and ethical base. The values of the immovable mind. Book Three: Enlightenment is the seeking to become one with God, Nature and the Universe, the Spirit.
Actually, you have more than a dozen books in one;- you'll find very good summaries of ALL the major Japanese Budo works from "The Book of Five Rings" to the "The Unfettered Mind" & "Life Giving Sword" etc etc. What can I say? It's great value for money & priceless!!
Therefore, the relation is that, to be a complete human being in life the Physical transforms the mind and the mind transforms the Spirit.
To be a Martial Arts Master is to be a Master of Life. To seek control of the Mind, Body and Spirit.
Something that Western culture can not comprehend is Zen, is not really a religion in as sense but a philosophy. The lessons in this book actually support Christian thought and views. Or any other religious view for that matter.
This book is a guideline to live a long, happy and ethical life in harmony with yourself and others around you while at the same time promoting a rock solid value system and ethical base that does not condone or support immoral behaviour of any kind.