The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns—and was a rival to the great Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori spent his life immersed in Zen teachings and practice. These teachings formed the framework for his deeply spiritual approach to sword fighting; Munenori saw in the practice of the sword a way to transform the student into a total human being. The Life-Giving Sword is Munenori’s manifesto on his approach. His central themes are the “Life-Giving Sword”—the idea of controlling one’s opponent by spiritual readiness to fight rather than by actual fighting—and “No Sword,” which is the idea that the mind must be free of everything, even the sword itself, in order to get to the place of complete mastery. Munenori’s ideas are essential reading for martial artists of all kinds and can be applied to business and human relations as well.Biographie de l'auteur :
William Scott Wilson is the foremost translator into English of traditional Japanese texts on samurai culture. His best-selling translations include Hagakure and The Book of Five Rings.
Description du livre Kodansha USA, 2003. État : New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This is the long-awaited, authoritative, English-language version of the classic text on the art of the No-Sword by seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori. Munenori's remarkable career began when he was just thirteen years old and culminated in his serving as sword instructor and political and military advisor to two successive shoguns. (The position of instructor to the shogun was one that his fellow swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, had coveted but was never able to obtain.) He also was appointed a feudal lord with a large domain by the shogun -- the only swordsman in Japanese history ever to be granted this honor. Despite his swordfighting ability and his proximity to the seat of national power, Munenori's life was spent immersed in the teachings of Zen Buddhism. These teachings formed the framework for his own deeply spiritual approach to swordfighting. His central theme is the concept of the "life-giving sword" -- the idea of controlling an opponent by spiritual readiness to fight, rather than by actual fighting. His ideas are readily applicable not only to the martial arts but to business and human relations. N° de réf. du libraire ABE_book_new_4770029551
Description du livre Kodansha USA, 2003. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 4770029551
Description du livre Kodansha USA, 2003. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P114770029551
Description du livre État : Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. N° de réf. du libraire 97847700295531.0