: 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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Similarly the wheels of a car turns around because they are not rigidly in place, if they were to stick tight they would not go around. And a big lesson is that self-mastery and presence of mind create such a formidable warrior that conflict often disappears altogether and progress can be made without struggle due to intimidation, respect, or both.

If there is not so much as a hairsbreadth between an opponent’s striking sword and your own action, then it is as if your opponent’s sword is your own. It is something I would love to read again and would pick up something each time I do, so full of interesting ideas is it.

Those who study it should not slight it. Sages take refuge in Nature, so things cannot harm them. This is a book to come back to at a later date when I have more experience. The Book of the Samurai.

If you set your mind on any one place, wherever it may thee, the activity of other parts will be defective. You see this pattern used nowadays from the podium or pulpit whose speaker lacks the strong intellect or sharp rhetoric to convince the listener and must resort instead to juvenile antimetaboles or to analogies that prove themselves and by implication the speaker’s idea as well.

We value having no fixated mind at all, flowing freely like a ball on a rushing river, riding the flow even over obstructions. Stymied, the humbled samurai asked about his technique. Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master 4. Poetry and Zen intermarried much earlier in Japan, but the vast literary corpus produced by aoho central Zen establishments, the so-called Five Mountains Literature, was considered sterile by practicing Zen tskuan and completely ignored by the leaders of the Zen revival of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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This leads to enlightenment, when you sohp the point that you are not uunfettered by desires like the desire to strike your opponentno fear, no nothing. The Mongol warriors were so impressed, it is said, that they apologized and left.

A Chinese philosopher, the most famous Confucian after Confucius himself Jien — Not letting the mind come to a halt anywhere is the eye, the essential point.

Thus Takuan linked Eastern and Western Japan with his teaching.

The Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master

This is the frame of mind in which the beginning and the end are the same. If the leader is good, the members of the cabinet are all good people. Highly recommended as an addition to your library regardless of your discipline! Only tne people can see it.

The first part I found incredibly interesting while the latter two I thought were boring. However, the type of mind he’s discussing is not to be equated with the bewildered mind the Umfettered generally speak of as being an obstacle. See all 87 reviews. The point is that there is nowhere at all to set the mind.

It is eaten as a side dish in meals, and eaten as a snack at teatime. In martial arts, deliberate speed and spontaneous speed have completely different mine results. The careful distinction made here between naive literalism and abstract symbolism is characteristic of original Zen.

And I hear you intercede strongly with the shogun on behalf of warlords who treat you well. This means tajuan in seeing and hearing, not fixating the mind on one point is considered the ultimate attainment.

The Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master by Takuan Soho

Anyway, interesting and luckily very short. Even if you have clarified true cognition of equality you cannot activate subtle observing cognition seeing all things without impediment. This lineage was the most influential school takuzn Rinzai Takkan in Japanese history. The essence of this unaffected mind is celebrated as Spirit, honored as Buddha, and referred to as the Zen mind or the ultimate meaning.


Very deep and enlightening book on zen, martial arts, oriental philosophy and bushido. In Japan, the bloodline has continued to the present day, from Xutang in China through his Japanese successor Daio and the tye successor Daito.

It wonders through the entire body and extend throughout the entire self. Customers who bought this item also bought. 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.

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Shouldn’t you think this over carefully? It means keeping the mind unchanging without regression. So it is not a matter of departure from the ordinary. If you set your mind in your right hand, it will be taken up by your right hand and your physical action will be defective.

Someone who has attained the aforementioned uncontrived subtle function cannot be opposed by the top general of the armed forces, nor by a million powerful opponents, just as nothing can stand up to the Tai-A sword. To express this in terms of your martial art, the moment you see an opponent come with a cutting stroke, if you think of parrying it right then and there, your mind lingers on the opponent’s sword that way, so you fail to act in time; thus you get killed by the opponent.

From a historical perspective, it was gratifying to see how the Zen philosophy was presented to and merged so seemlessly with the martial arts.