Training the Samurai Mind

  • by Thomas Cleary (translator/editor)
  • Narrated by Brian Nishii
  • 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 15th century through the 19th 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 listen for anyone interested in military history and samurai history, and for martial artists who want to understand strategy.


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A great classic

Read it as a book a long time ago ... As an audible book I have once again fell in love with it again... Specially as the narrator has perfect pronunciation of Japanese words and names !

Recommended for any one who is searching for a Samurai mind ...
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- Luis Pires


This was not quite what I expected. It was ok for what it was and is.
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- K.K.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios