Zen And The Way Of The Sword - King W. L. - Book
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Zen And The Way Of The Sword - King W. L. - Book

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In 'sZen and the Way of the Sword's, King offers a fascinating look into the mind of the samurai swordsman in a far-reaching account of the role of Zen in
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In 'sZen and the Way of the Sword's, 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'ss soldier elite. King explains how the samurai cultivated Zen, relating its teaching of a free and spontaneous mind to the experience of a warrior in individual combat, and shows how this allowed them to find the psychological strength in Zen as they prepared themselves for death. King focuses on the sword -the soul of the samurai- describing how it was forged, the honor given famous swordsmiths, and the rise of schools of swordsmanship. And he goes on to trace the role of Zen in samurai life through the peaceful eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, examining the absorption of Zen into World War II psychology and broader Japanese culture. This intriguing account provides fascinating insight into the samurai ethos, and the culture of Japan today. Winston L. King is Professor Emeritus of Vanderbilt University. 1. ZEN AND JAPAN The Zen Discipline and Experience - The Japanese Warrior Adopts Zen 2. THE JAPANESE SAMURAI The Warrior in Japanese History - The Samurai Sword - Sarnurai Swordsmanship - Bushido: The Samurai Ethos 3. SAMURAI ZEN A Stable lnner Platform of Mental Control - The Zen Sword: A Modern Interpretation 4. THE SAMURAI HERITAGE The Samurai of the Twentieth Century - The Life-giving 'sSword's of the Martial Arts
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