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Training the Samurai Mind: A Bushido Sourcebook par [Cleary, Thomas]
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Through the ages, the samurai have been associated with honor, fearlessness, calm, decisive action, strategic thinking, and martial prowess. Their ethos is known as bushido, the Way of the Warrior-Knight.

Here, premier translator Thomas Cleary presents a rich collection of writings on bushido by warriors, scholars, political advisors, and educators from the fifteenth century through the nineteenth century that provide a comprehensive, historically rich view of samurai life and philosophy. Training the Samurai Mind gives an insider’s view of the samurai world: the moral and psychological development of the warrior, the ethical standards they were meant to uphold, their training in both martial arts and strategy, and the enormous role that the traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism had in influencing samurai ideals.

The writings deal with a broad range of subjects—from military strategy and political science, to personal discipline and character development. Cleary introduces each piece, putting it into historical context, and presents biographical information about the authors. This is an essential read for anyone interested in military history and samurai history, and for martial artists who want to understand strategy.

Biographie de l'auteur

Thomas Cleary holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is the translator of over fifty volumes of Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Islamic texts from Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Pali, and Arabic.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 290 pages
  • Editeur : Shambhala (6 octobre 2009)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I volunteer at a Natural Science Museum. We currently ... 1 janvier 2015
Par Gillian Callen - Publié sur
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I volunteer at a Natural Science Museum. We currently have a special exhibit on loan that covers Samurai weapons and armor. Our docents need to understand the background to why the Samurai way of life was so important to the development of Japan. This book provides that background. It is comprehensive without being too academic.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Magnificent Collection of Samurai Philosophy 31 mai 2009
Par Ronin - Publié sur
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This book is a great edition to my collection and contains 22 short chapters of translated Samurai philosophical material spanning roughly the start of the Ashikaga Shogunate of 1338 (1349 in the book) through the Meiji Restoration in 1865. This period witnessed the Onin Wars and Warring States, the Feudal Wars and the unification, and the 300-year Tokugawa period leading to the end of the samurai and rise of the merchant class. If you are a fan of William Scott Wilson's "Ideals of the Samurai", you will love Training the Samurai Mind.

My main complaints about the book are more personal in nature and center around some of Cleary's commentary, which at times can be insightful while others clearly reveal his exceeding his own understanding of the subject. One example is his description of the ninja merging of the Left hand Path with Shinto and Buddhism for the purpose of "mental terror", which is arguably correct in certain later instances, though it suggests he has no clue about the ninja and their relationship with the Yamabushi or how this relationship developed over 900-years ago or the various evolutions that took place during that period. I could debate other issues but as mentioned this is my personal peeve and should not detract from the quality of the book.

My only other complaint is the inclusion of Yamamoto Tsunetomo taking up chapter 10. The Hagakure is a book unto itself and is translated by Wilson, which Cleary must certainly be aware of. Since this book would mostly appeal to people who have already read The Hagakure, why waste space including it here? I would have preferred to have been astonished with a never before translated piece by Yamaoka Tesshu or one of the Yagyu's. That could have put the book over the top.

As the 3-star review by Duff aptly points out, this is not a casual read or any sort of flowing study that will appeal to the mass market. Students of martial arts and history who are willing to read and reread and contemplate the material are certain to not be disappointed. I highly recommend this book.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Worth reading 19 juin 2016
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If you enjoy Thomas Cleary's work and desire to know more about ancient Japan, read this text. It has certainly helped me fill gaps in my knowledge about the history and customs
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 highly recommend for all service members 22 novembre 2011
Par S. Osborne - Publié sur
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As a Navy chaplain and former Army Ranger, I see the need for the balance between warfare and compassion. The principles put forth in this book are timeless. Thomas Cleary is great and his translation is very readable. I recommend this book along with his translation of "The Code of the Samurai" to the Sailors and Marines I serve all the time. The concepts are completely foreign to Western youth, but revelatory when thought through by the average American. These books should be required reading for anyone wanting to serve in the Armed Forces. We would have many more samurai and fewer mercenaries.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Training the Samurai Mind... 11 janvier 2016
Par J. Broughton - Publié sur
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this book delves into the business mind for me. sometimes we need to change the way we think about things.
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