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The Book of Five Rings

A Classic Text on the Japanese Way of the Sword

Author(s): Miyamoto Musashi
Contributor(s): Bratislav Ivanov (Translator)
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, History, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Foreign languages learning, Psychology, Semiotics / Semiology, Geography, Regional studies, Regional Geography, Historical Geography, Theoretical Linguistics, Studies of Literature, Non-European Philosophy, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Special Branches of Philosophy, Civil Society, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Military history, Social history, Ancient World, Syntax, Lexis, Comparative Linguistics, Other Language Literature, East Asian Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Military policy, Individual Psychology, Personality Psychology, Psychology of Self, Film / Cinema / Cinematography, Philology, Translation Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Издателство »Изток-Запад«
Keywords: Japanese martial art; Japan; Miyamoto Musashi; East philosophy, Classic; original text; Japanese language; bilingual; edition; Bulgarian; translation; samurai; swordsmanship; katana; master; spiritual practices; ancient military traditions; book;books;
Summary/Abstract: When the undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi retreated to a cave in 1643 and wrote The Book of Five Rings, a manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning for his students and generations of samurai to come, he created one of the most perceptive and incisive texts on strategic thinking ever to come from Asia. Musashi gives timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other techniques for overpowering an assailant that will resonate with both martial artists and everyone else interested in skillfully dealing with conflict. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was a mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess—and it is this path to mastery that is the core teaching in The Book of Five Rings. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 954-321-126-4
  • Page Count: 144
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • Language: Japanese, Bulgarian