The book of five rings

by Miyamoto, Musashi, 1584-1645.

Format: Print Book 1993
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 355.5 Musa
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  355.5 Musa
Here is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for leaders in all professions, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction.

The Book of Five Rings --which has become a well-known classic among American business people, studied for its insights into the Japanese approach to business strategy--was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Unlike previous editions of The Book of Five Rings , Thomas Cleary's is an accessible translation, free of jargon, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates another important Japanese classic on leadership and strategy: The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War by Yagyu Munenori, which highlights the ethical and spiritual insights of Taoism and Zen as they apply to the way of the warrior.
The book of five rings / by Miyamoto Musashi
The book of family traditions on the art of war / by Yagyū Munenori.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Here are two Japanese martial arts classics from the seventeenth century, of more than ordinary interest because of their distinguished translation and because of their identification with Zen. Musashi says things like "It is crucial to think of everything as an opportunity to kill," and there's no question his primer on training the would-be warrior's mind and body is, in that respect, as effective as ever. What might interest readers not inclined to bloodlust is Musashi's pared-down philosophy, as exemplified in his nine rules for learning any art. These include "Think of what is right and true," "Understand the harm and benefit in everything," "Become aware of what is not obvious," and the delightful "Do not do anything useless." Following Musashi's last meditation, "The Scroll of Emptiness" (about how, when one masters an art, one separates from it into a state of perfect, contented clarity), is Yagyu's short essay on the art of war. Yagyu, apparently quite a bloody warrior in his youth, in late life worked hard to link martial arts concepts to Zen, and his short essay has a distilled, aphoristic quality. Both writers are marvels of clarity and, oddly, peacefulness. ~--John Mort"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Shambhala dragon editions
Subjects Military art and science -- Early works to 1800.
Swordplay -- Japan -- Early works to 1800.
Publisher Boston : New York :Shambhala ;1993
Distributed in the U.S. by Random House,
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Hyōhō kadensho.
Gorin no sho.
Book of the 5 rings
Contributors Cleary, Thomas F., 1949-2021
Yagyū, Munenori, 1571-1646. Hyōhō kadensho.
Language English
Description xix, 114 pages ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-114).
ISBN 0877738688 (acid-free) :
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