The Book of Five Rings

The Book of Five Rings

Book rating: 05 Hardback Shambhala Library

By (author) Musashi Miyamoto, By (author) Miyamoto Musashi, Translated by Thomas Cleary

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  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 173mm x 23mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 1590300408
  • ISBN 13: 9781590300404
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Shambhala Libra.
  • Sales rank: 91,181

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"The Book of Five Rings " 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 anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. "The Book of Five Rings " was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Thomas Cleary's translation is immediately accessible, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates here 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.

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Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the 1600s, was an undefeated dueler, a masterless samurai, and an independent teacher. He spent the last decades of his life refining and teaching his military science.

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By Jeff Hutchings 23 Apr 2013 5

I'm a Shotokan studant this book was suggested by my Sensei - For Karate and for Life this book is absolutely amazing... I find that I am referring to it and rereading it over and over...

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"The Book of Five Rings 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 anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. "The Book of Five Rings was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Thomas Cleary's translation is immediately accessible, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates here 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.