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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.
©2008 Thomas Cleary (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By Luis Pires on 01-22-15

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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By Donald P. Jane on 09-30-17

History, Philosophy, Spirituality, and Martial Art

A Japanese classical work that details the depth and wonder of the Samurai concept. It is sweeping in the subject matter that was the heart, soul, spirit, and body of the Samurai. More than just a warrior well trained in the art of combat a Samurai was also a man of well-rounded studies and knowledge. I enjoyed the book especially because it took me inside the heart, soul, and mind of a Samurai warrior. It was enlightening to discover just how knowledgeable a man had to be to become a Samurai. Teachings not only covered what I have listed in the title above but also ethics and social behaviors. The mind of a Samurai was truly far more than a deadly and effective killing machine. Once again I have zero complaints concerning the narration. The narrator was excellent and a joy to listen to.

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By Mr. Steve Cavanagh on 06-12-17

Fantastic

A very informative and enjoyable book. The narrator clearly has al love for this book. Recommend to anyone who loves Japan's military history or history in general.

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