The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

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Along with Sun Tzu's The Art of War, The Book of Five Rings is considered to be one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asia. Composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. 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. This brilliant manifesto is written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life.

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Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the 1600s, was an undefeated dueler, a masterless samurai, and an independent teacher. He spent the last decades of his life refining and teaching his military science.
Published April 24, 2012 by Shambhala Publications. 160 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Religion & Spirituality, Sports & Outdoors, War, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by ...

May 03 2009 | Read Full Review of The Book of Five Rings

I believe Musashi is asking us to reconsider our dependence on the known and to embrace the unknown - the void - as a source of freedom.

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