ZEN AND THE WAY OF THE SWORD: ARMING THE SAMURAI PSYCHE / EDITION 1

ZEN AND THE WAY OF THE SWORD: ARMING THE SAMURAI PSYCHE / EDITION 1

By: King, Winston L.

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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Zen--serene, contemplative, a discipline of meditation associated with pain ting, rock gardens, and flower arranging--seems an odd ingredient in the ma rtial psyche of the Japanese samurai. "One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind...the fact that he has to die," wrote a sev enteenth-century warrior. "That is his chief business." But the demands of that "business," writes Winston King, found the perfect philosophical match in the teachings of Zen Buddhism. In Zen and the Way of the Sword, King offers a fascinating look into the mind of the samurai swordsman in a far-reaching account of the role of Zen in the thought, culture, and the martial arts of Japan's soldier elite. An esteemed scholar of Eastern religions, King deftly traces the development of Zen and discusses the personal nature of its practice, its emphasis on individual discovery and attainment. He then presents an accomplished capsule history of the samurai class, from its rise in the middle ages to formal abolition in the nineteenth century--an account filled with details of wars, political maneuvering, and cultural achievements. King also looks at the arms and vocation of the individual samurai, placing the details of armor and weapons in the context of the samurai conception of warfare. In particular, King focuses on the sword--the soul of the samurai, as it was called--describing how it was forged, the honor given famous swordsmiths, the rise of schools of swordsmanship, and breathtaking fea.

Title: ZEN AND THE WAY OF THE SWORD: ARMING THE SAMURAI PSYCHE / EDITION 1

Author Name: King, Winston L.

Categories: Religion & Spirituality,

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA: 1996

ISBN Number: 0195092619

ISBN Number 13: 9780195092615

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000048256