TheBook of Five Ringsis one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation andvictory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists butfor anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to theirlife, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict thatunderlies every level of human interaction. TheBook of Five Ringswas composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai MiyamotoMusashi. Thomas Cleary's translation is immediately accessible, with anintroduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition.Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates here another important Japaneseclassic on leadership and strategy,The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of Warby Yagyu Munenori, which highlights the ethical and spiritual insights ofTaoism and Zen as they apply to the way of the warrior.
"Embraced by many contemporary readers as a manual on how to succeed in life."-- Library Journal.
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Shambhala Publications, Inc.
January 01, 2005
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