The Life-Giving Sword: Secret Teachings from the House of the Shogun by Yagyu Munenori; William Scott (9781590309902)
Yagyu Munenori; William Scott
Release Date: 15 December 2012 Format: Paperback NEW Pages: 131 Publisher: Random House US ISBN: 9781590309902 ISBN-10: 1590309901
The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns--and was a rival to the great Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori spent his life immersed in Zen teachings and practice. These teachings formed the framework for his deeply spiritual approach to sword fighting; Munenori saw in the practice of the sword a way to transform the student into a total human being. "The Life-Giving Sword" is Munenori's manifesto on his approach. His central themes are the "Life-Giving Sword"--the idea of controlling one's opponent by spiritual readiness to fight rather than by actual fighting--and "No Sword," which is the idea that the mind must be free of everything, even the sword itself, in order to get to the place of complete mastery. Munenori's ideas are essential reading for martial artists of all kinds and can be applied to business and human relations as well.
YAGYU MUNENORI (1571-1646) was a master swordsman who was designated sword instructor to two successive shoguns and eventually became a daimyo of his own domain. His descendants also served as sword instructors to the shogun's family until the late nineteenth century.
William Scott Wilson is the foremost translator into English of traditional Japanese texts on samurai culture. His bestselling books include The Book of Five Rings, The Unfettered Mind, and The Lone Samurai, a biography of the legendary samurai Miyamoto Musashi.