: The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman (): Takuan Soho, William Scott Wilson: Books. The Unfettered Mind Publisher: Kodansha International [Takuan Soho] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. writting of the Zen Master to the. Editorial Reviews. Review. “All of the essays aim at helping the individual know himself and in Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho ( –), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the .

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Nonetheless, wholly ordinary people simply believe there are a thousand hands and a thousand eyes on one body, regarding this as marvelous. I speak in terms of analogy to Buddhism. The moral basis of the science of martial arts is derived from Taoism. Therefore, the so-called Immovable Luminary King refers to the state when a person’s whole mind is immovable.

Respect unfetteerd particularly essential in the context of following directions, such as from a leader or superior. Goodreads is yhe world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

This is unfettred of my favorite philosophical books that I’ve read to date. The first essay’s input can be summarised as “don’t focus on the opponent’s sword”. And Te hear you intercede strongly with the shogun on behalf of warlords who treat you well.

The scriptural image commonly used to illustrate this is that of a raft used to cross a river; once the other shore is reached, the raft is abandoned and the traveler goes on unencumbered.

Abstract fixations are considered as inhibiting as concrete fixations, and Zen teachings demonstrate a great deal of effort to overcome the tendency to become attached to mental objects. Of course, this is the obvious meaning. The purpose of these works is to unify the spirit of Zen with the spirit of the sword. The Immovable Luminary King holds a sword in his right hand and a rope in his left hand; gritting his teeth, eyes glaring, he stands thus ready to vanquish demons who would interfere with Sooho.


Statements like this may be fundamentally self-serving, but they are bad servants. But much of what is being said is being lost to my ears. Articles containing Japanese-language text. Share your thoughts with other customers.

The Unfettered Mind

The Art of Zen Strategy. Practical and spiritual advice from the most renowned Zen master of feudal Japan. Code of the Samurai: Jul 23, H added it Shelves: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. No forced mustering of concentrating effort onto any one idea, concept or event upcoming or current.

While it was written to apply to the mastery of martial arts, the applications of the imparted knowledge to day-to-day decisions and actions are taluan. A book about swordsmanship is not just about the sword. Looking for ultramarathon motivation?

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Zen usage of scriptures and systems is concerned with essence rather than form, so doctrine and practice are considered expedients to be ultimately transcended. When this No Mind is well developed the mind does not stop on one thing, nor does it lack any one thing.

Return to Book Page. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your run, or your session at the dojo can reach through time to this tome, and yet: Tabi bu Zen’i fasist yapmiyor sadece praxis Zen Budizmi ve savas sanatlari arasindaki zaman zaman urkutucu iliskiy en iyi sekilde anlatan kitaplardan biri Engellenemeyen Zihin. When the tables are turned, so that a questioner is cornered with his own question, like an attacker being counterattacked with his own weapon, this is called “snatching the lance and turning it around to stab the other.


This book is my introduction to Zen philosophy so I’ll admit I might not have the proper mindset or appreciation of context to successfully approach this genre, but it’s just as possible this is either a mediocre English translation or the abbot himself didn’t have much interesting to say on politics or much to contribute to poetry with his analyses.

And even if one has understanding and knowledge, they are difficult to put into practice. The first part I found incredib This book is a collection of three short works by a 17th century Abbot from northern Japan.

If you don’t set the mind in one direction, then the mind is in the ten directions! Cultivate your awareness so that when a thinker speaks at great length about acting without thought, you know he must be a Zen master, and that you must pay more attention to what does than what he says. If you count from one to ten and over again, then one and ten are next to one another.