Author: Musashi Miyamoto
Miyamoto Musashi's Go Rin no Sho or the book of five rings,is considered a classic treatise on military strategy, much like Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Chanakya's Arthashastra. The five "books" refer to the idea that there are different elements of battle, just as there are different physical elements in life, as described by Buddhism, Shinto, and other Eastern religions. Through the book Musashi defends his thesis: a man who conquers himself is ready to take it on on the world, should need arise.
Publisher: Kodansha International
This is a translation of an important classic on Zen swordfighting. Yagyu's Buddhist spirituality is reflected in his central idea of the 'life-giving sword' - the notion of controlling an opponent by the spiritual readiness to fight, rather than during the fight. This is a translation of an important classic on Zen swordfighting. Yagyu Munenori was so widely renowned that he was appointed official sword instructor to two Tokugawa shoguns. (The position was always coveted by Miyamoto Musashi, but he never succeeded in gaining the post). Yagyu's
Author: Miyamoto Musashi
"The authors have made classic samurai wisdom accessible to the modern martial artist like never before." - Goran Powell, award winning author of Chojun and A Sudden Dawn "It's fascinating stuff!" - Steve Perry, New York Times bestselling author "The precepts offer priceless advice to anyone." - Kate Vitasek, University of Tennessee "The five point perspective inspired deep introspection. I have been elevated to higher and deeper levels of personal and professional growth by reading this book." - Laela Erickson, Senior Business Development Executive Miyamoto Musashi (1584 - 1645) was arguably the greatest swordsman who ever lived, a legendary figure whose methods of thought and strategy have been studied and adopted across a wide spectrum of society, from martial artists to military leaders to captains of industry. The iconic sword saint of Japan was clearly a genius, yet he was also a functional psychopath-ruthless, fearless, hyper-focused, and utterly without conscience. Shortly before he died, Musashi wrote down his final thoughts about life for his favorite student Terao Magonojo to whom Go Rin No Sho, his famous Book of Five Rings, had also been dedicated. He called this treatise Dokkodo, which translates as "The Way of Walking Alone." The book you hold in your hands is the definitive interpretation of Musashi's final work. Readers are oftentimes subject to a single perspective about what some famous author from the past had to say, yet we are more holistic here. This treatise contains Musashi's original 21 precepts of the Dokkodo along with five different interpretations of each passage written from the viewpoints of a monk, a warrior, a teacher, an insurance executive, and a businessman. Each contributor has taken a divergent path from the others, yet shares the commonality of being a lifelong martial practitioner and published author. In this fashion you are not just reading a simple translation of Musashi's writing, you are scrutinizing his final words for deeper meaning. In them are enduring lessons for how to lead a successful and meaningful life.
Author: David Kirk
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Honour, duty, vengeance... The way of the Samurai. A thrilling new adventure from a bold new voice in historical fiction, for fans of Conn Iggulden Scholar. Warrior. Samurai. His name was Bennosuke, son of the great Munisai Shinmen, known throughout the empire as one of the greatest warriors who ever lived. His destiny was to become a great warrior like his father - a Samurai, one of the most feared and respected in the world. But before fame comes action, and Bennosuke must prove himself on the battlefield before he can claim his inheritance. And in his way stands the vengeful Hayato, son of Lord Nakata, the face of the enemy, a man who is determined to kill Bennosuke. It is a battle between honour and vengeance, pride and reputation. And Bennosuke must look death in the eye before he can call himself a warrior. Before he can call himself Musashi, the greatest warrior of all time… 'A fascinating, exciting book, beautifully observed. Kirkcreates characters of great depth. An absolute gem' Conn Iggulden 'Mr Kirk restores my faith in historical fiction to bring lost worlds to life. Bravo! The keenest and most vivid evocation of the inner life of the East since James Clavell's Shogun'Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire
Author: Kazumi Tabata
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
This invaluable martial arts philosophy handbook presents ancient wisdom for contemporary readers. Secrete Tactics contains brilliant new interpretations of fundamental works of strategy and martial arts tactics by Miyamoto Musashi, Gichin Funakoshi, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, and various martial arts tomes. It distills the important teachings on leadership, character and values found in those books. Readers will unlock the secrets of their art and of themselves. These and a dozen other essays on strategy, combat tactics, psychology, leadership, good character, and the exercise of power, make Secret Tactics an indispensable resource for students of Asian culture, martial artists, and corporate executives.
Author: Satish Kumar
This book traces the spiritual journey of Satish Kumar--child monk, peace pilgrim, ecological activist, and educator. In it he traces the sources of inspiration that formed his understanding of the world as a network of multiple and diverse relationships. You Are, Therefore, I Am is in four parts. The first describes the author's memories of conversations with his mother, his teacher, and his guru, all of whom were deeply religious. The second part recounts his discussions with the Indian sage Vinoba Bhave, J. Krishnamurti, Bertrand Russell, Martin Luther King, and E. F. Schumacher. These five great activists and thinkers inspired him to engage with social, ecological, and political issues. In the third part Satish narrates his travels in India, which have continued to nourish his mind and reconnect him with his roots. The fourth part brings together his worldview, which is based in relationships and the connections between all things, rather than the philosophy of dualism, division, and separation that are found in Rene Descartes' famous maxim "I think, therefore, I am." Satish Kumar holds an emergent worldview encapsulated in a fundamental Sanskrit dictum, So Hum, well known in India but not in the West, which can be translated as "You are, therefore, I am." This mantra underpins all the experiences brought together in this book.
Author: Eiji Yoshikawa
Publisher: Vertical, Inc.
The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Miyamoto Musashi was the child of an era when Japan was emerging from decades of civil strife. Lured to the great Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 by the hope of becoming a samurai--without really knowing what it meant--he regains consciousness after the battle to find himself lying defeated, dazed and wounded among thousands of the dead and dying. On his way home, he commits a rash act, becomes a fugitive and brings life in his own village to a standstill--until he is captured by a weaponless Zen monk. The lovely Otsu, seeing in Musashi her ideal of manliness, frees him from his tortuous punishment, but he is recaptured and imprisoned. During three years of solitary confinement, he delves into the classics of Japan and China. When he is set free again, he rejects the position of samurai and for the next several years pursues his goal relentlessly, looking neither to left nor to right. Ever so slowly it dawns on him that following the Way of the Sword is not simply a matter of finding a target for his brute strength. Continually striving to perfect his technique, which leads him to a unique style of fighting with two swords simultaneously, he travels far and wide, challenging fighters of many disciplines, taking nature to be his ultimate and severest teacher and undergoing the rigorous training of those who follow the Way. He is supremely successful in his encounters, but in the Art of War he perceives the way of peaceful and prosperous governance and disciplines himself to be a real human being. He becomes a reluctant hero to a host of people whose lives he has touched and been touched by. And, inevitably, he has to pit his skill against the naked blade of his greatest rival. Musashi is a novel in the best tradition of Japanese story telling. It is a living story, subtle and imaginative, teeming with memorable characters, many of them historical. Interweaving themes of unrequited love, misguided revenge, filial piety and absolute dedication to the Way of the Samurai, it depicts vividly a world Westerners know only vaguely. Full of gusto and humor, it has an epic quality and universal appeal. The novel was made into a three-part movie by Director Hiroshi Inagai. For more information, visit the Shopping area
Publisher: Kodansha International
Aikido is now practised in 86 countries. The Aikido ideal of 'polishing one's mind and body to foster a spirit of harmony' has struck a common chord among the peoples of the world. This book was written by Kisshomaru Ueshiba, the son of the founder of Aikido. Born into the household of a martial arts genius, Kisshomaru naturally absorbed many teachings from his father, Morihei, as he was growing up. Morihei himself explained Aikido in archaic, esoteric language, and limited his instruction to only a select few, but in order to accomplish the mission of introducing Aikido to
Author: Daidoji Yuzan
Publisher: Black Belt Communications
This 17th-century text written for the education and guidance of Japanese warriors delineates the ethics, morality and daily duties of a class of people dedicated to honor and courage. William Scott Wilson holds a master's degree in Japanese language and literature.
Author: André Martel
Relire Foch au XXIe siècle paraît, à priori, n 'avoir qu'un intérêt historique. Plus d 'un siècle s 'est écoulé depuis la parution de ses ouvrages fondamentaux : Des Principes de la guerre (1903) et De la Conduite de la guerre (1904). Ses Mémoires ont été publiés, à titre posthume, en 1931. Ses notes, discours, articles de la décennie 1918-1928 ne semblent être que des écrits de circonstance. Depuis, la guerre a changé trois fois de nature : la Deuxième Guerre mondiale s'est terminée par l'emploi de l'arme nucléaire, la Guerre froide a été caractérisée par l'Équilibre de la terreur, les guerres de décolonisation ont débouché sur un terrorisme international écartant l'emploi massif "le forces années. Trois arguments plaident cependant pour la relecture, par les praticiens de la guerre et autres, de l 'oeuvre de Foch saisie comme un tout. Il a pensé la guerre sans l 'avoir jamais faite ; la doctrine a donc précédé la pratique. Il a conduit les armées alliées à la victoire de 1918. Sans renoncer à son enseignement théorique, il l'a adapté sous la pression des faits, mais aussi dans la logique de sa méthode fondée sur l'analyse de la spécificité de chaque cas et non sur.l'application de modèles préétablis.
Author: François-Apolline comte de Guibert, Jacques Antoine Hippolyte de Guibert
Relire le Traité de la Force publique c'est retrouver tout le talent littéraire d'un Jacques de Guibert dont la pensée reste étonnamment d'actualité. Ouvrage-testament, puisqu'il paraît l'année même de la disparition de l'auteur, le Traité est encore davantage une œuvre visionnaire: il constitue l'un des jalons de la pensée politique moderne. Avant tous les autres, deux ans avant que la guerre des peuples, des idées et des nationalismes ne commence sa longue course d'un quart de siècle à travers l'Europe, Guibert y annonce l'avènement des guerres de masse et des conflits sans limites qui vont bouleverser le XIXe puis le XXe siècle. Traitant du problème de la défense dans son ensemble, soucieux de protéger la Nation tant des périls extérieurs que des dangers intérieurs, il présente une vision originale des rapports entre l'armée et la nation pour une France nouvelle, nationale, citoyenne. Il propose une organisation idéale pour la " force publique ", force armée de la nation et non du souverain, ciment de la liberté publique d'un grand pays démocratique. Le système français actuel, avec ses " forces du dehors ", constituées de volontaires liés par leur contrat d'engagement, et ses " forces du dedans ", son système de maréchaussées et de polices, en est l'héritier direct.
Author: Michel Scialom
Couvrant 70 % de la surface du globe, sources de richesse et de puissance, espace d'échanges, les océans ont depuis le XVIe siècle une importance géopolitique incontestable. La mondialisation a marqué les secteurs de la marine marchande ou de la construction navale, mais elle n'a pas affecté la puissance navale des Etats qui s'exprime par l'intermédiaire de leur flotte de guerre et recouvre des enjeux industriels, dans un cadre qui sera de plus en plus européen. La mer fait partie de notre univers. Pourtant, la France a-t-elle vraiment pris conscience de l'importance de l'élément marin, présent tout au long de son histoire et facteur de puissance ? Est-elle une nation maritime ? La place limitée que les Français lui réservent ne s'expliquerait-elle pas par des facteurs culturels? Ce sont ces questions que traite cet essai, en s'interrogeant sur la place que notre pays a consacrée à la mer au cours de son histoire, en élargissant les perspectives, en dégageant des lignes de force et en soulignant les enjeux actuels, industriels et européens.
Author: Roseline Mariller
L'Europe de la défense est l'une des politiques qui a progressé le plus rapidement au sein de l'Union européenne. De simple objectif formulé au conditionnel dans le Traité de Maastricht, elle est devenue une réalité sur le terrain. Cet ouvrage décrit l'évolution de la stratégie européenne en matière de défense tant sur le plan institutionnel que purement militaire en démontrant que les avancées pratiques ont parfois dépassé les dispositions contenues dans les textes.