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on 18 August 2008
Not only are you going to learn about the life and philosophies of one of the greatest Japanese Swordsmen who ever lived - Yagu Munenori, you also have a chance to learn about his contemporary and spiritual master Takuan Soho.

Zen Master Takuan Soho (1573-1645) was living proof of the saying, "If you are a master of Zen you can be a master of anything".

Takuan was a master of calligraphy, painting, martial arts and gardening, and the abbot of Daitokuji, the leading Rinzai Temple in Kyoto.

In this book we have an account of Takuan's life and translations of all his important writing.

Written by one of the best historians of Japanese history and especially on the Samurai, Thomas Cleary turns an otherwise dry philosophical account into an interesting and fascinating story of two of Japans leading figures in swordsmanship. Yagu Munenori lays bare the secrets of the Samurai and tells us what it takes to become an undefeated champion and still live a worthy wholesome life.
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