Takuan Soho

The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman (paperback)

This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573–1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as a guide for the samurai Yagyu Munenori, who was a great swordsman and rival to the legendary Miyamoto Musashi.

The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman

In a life-and-death situation of being sword-tip to sword-tip with the enemy, where should the swordsman put his mind?

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