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The Life-Giving Sword: Secret Teachings from the House of the Shogun
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Publisher:Shambhala Publications
Author: Munenori, Yagyu; Yagyau, Munenori; Wilson, William Scott
Publication Date:2012-12-11
ISBN-10:1590309901
ISBN-13:9781590309902
Number of Pages:192 Pages
Book Type:Paperback
Weight:367 gram
Books Dimensions:191 x 134 mm
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The Life-Giving Sword: Secret Teachings from the House of the Shogun


This book is a treasury of proven Zen wisdom that takes a captivating look at a master Swordsman's thoughts on nonattachment and nonviolence. The author was a spiritual disciple to Zen priest Takuan Soho (author of "The Unfettered Mind").
Abstract
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.

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