Sword of Zen: Master Takuan and His Writings on Immovable by Peter Haskel

By Peter Haskel

Takuan Sōho’s (1573–1645) works on Zen and swordsmanship are one of the simplest and vigorous displays of Zen ever written and feature loved nice recognition in either premodern and glossy Japan. even supposing dealing ostensibly with the artwork of the sword, checklist of Immovable Wisdom and at the Sword Taie are simple publications to Zen—“user’s manuals” for Zen brain that express one the right way to take place it not just in sword play yet from second to second in daily life.

Along with translations of Record of Immovable Wisdom and at the Sword Taie (the former, composed very likely for the shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu and his fencing grasp, Yagyū Munenori), this ebook contains an advent to Takuan’s unique method of Zen, drawing on excerpts from the master’s different writings. It additionally deals an obtainable evaluation of the particular position of the sword in Takuan’s day, a interval that witnessed either a bloody age of civil struggle and Japan’s ultimate unification below the Tokugawa shoguns. Takuan used to be arguably the main well-known Zen priest of his time, and as a pivotal determine, bridging the Zen of the overdue medieval and early sleek sessions, his tale (presented within the book’s biographical part) deals a unprecedented photo of jap Zen in transition.

For smooth readers, even if practitioners of Zen or the martial arts, Takuan’s emphasis on freedom of brain because the crux of his instructing resonates as powerfully because it did with the samurai and swordsmen of Tokugawa Japan. students will welcome this new, annotated translation of Takuan’s sword-related works in addition to the host of element it presents, illuminating an vague interval in Zen’s heritage in Japan.

Show description

Read or Download Sword of Zen: Master Takuan and His Writings on Immovable Wisdom and the Sword Tale PDF

Best asian travel books

Burma in transition: But Buddha is never in a hurry (German Edition)

Burma, or Myanmar because the state has formally been referred to as on the grounds that 1989, is steadily beginning to throw off the shackles of army dictatorship. because the elections in November 2010, common Thein Sein has ruled as “civilian” president. Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of nationwide hero, Aung San, who received independence from the British after the second one global conflict, is looking for optimum workplace in 2015.

The Bhutan Bucket List: 100 Ways to Unlock Amazing Bhutan (The Bucket List Series)

Mysterious and distant, the Land of the Thunder Dragon is without end attention-grabbing. Written via authors who stay and paintings in Bhutan, The Bhutan Bucket checklist is going past the ‘Shangri-la’ clichés to bare this magnificent country’s realities, its surprises, and its hidden treasures. meant to impress, entertain, tell and problem, it includes a mix of the religious and the worldly, the majestic and the zany, the pleasant and the downright peculiar.

Insight Guides: India

India is like nowhere else on the earth - exciting, problematical and awfully various. Be encouraged to go to by way of the recent variation of perception advisor India, a finished full-colour consultant to this interesting nation. within perception consultant India:A completely up to date new version through our specialist authors. attractive images brings this such a lot vibrant of nations and its humans to existence.

Mongolei: Schlafen im 1000-Sterne-Hotel (Land&Stadt) (German Edition)

Ist es die Stille, die Ihnen erlaubt, das Knistern der Sonnenstrahlen zu hören? Oder das „krp, krp", das bei geschlossenen Augen an Ihre Ohren dringt und Sie jetzt erst gewahr werden, dass Pferde Sie besuchen? Ist es der Morgen, wenn Sie am Wüstenrand von Vogelgezwitscher geweckt werden, Vögel, die sich zwischen dem selten wachsenden Gestrüpp bewegen und ein unglaubliches Konzert geben?

Additional resources for Sword of Zen: Master Takuan and His Writings on Immovable Wisdom and the Sword Tale

Example text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.13 of 5 – based on 27 votes