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The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Shambhala Pubns
Publication date June 12, 2012
Pages 112
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781590309865
ISBN-10 1590309863
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Original list price $18.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573–1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as a guide for the samurai Yagyu Munenori, who was a great swordsman and rival to the legendary Miyamoto Musashi.

Takuan was a giant in the history of Zen; he was also a gardener, calligrapher, poet, author, adviser to samurai and shoguns, and a pivotal figure in Zen painting. He was known for his brilliance and acerbic wit. In these succinct and pointed essays, Takuan is concerned primarily with understanding and refining the mind—both generally and when faced with conflict. The Unfettered Mind was a major influence on the classic manifestos on swordsmanship that came after it, including Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings and Yagyu Munenori's Life-Giving Sword.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9784770029478
 
from Kodansha Amer Inc (January 17, 2003)
9784770029478 | details & prices | 160 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $19.00
About: In a life-and-death situation of being sword-tip to sword-tip with the enemy, where should the swordsman put his mind?
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Shambhala Pubns (June 12, 2012)
9781590309865 | details & prices | 112 pages | 5.25 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $18.95
About: This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781501227837
 
With Roger Clark (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (March 17, 2015)
9781501227837 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.15 lbs | List price $14.99

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