Training the Samurai Mind

A Bushido Sourcebook
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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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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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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Missing content.

Good narrator. Easy to follow. It's supposed to be the unabridged version but the whole introduction is missing.

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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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A Warrior's Mindset!

Great book for anyone interested in a warriors mindset. If you are a Martial Artist you should listen to this book.

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Calm the mind

This book was so mentally relaxing. It is easy to understand and it makes you feel like you are sharpening the blade that is your mind. Fun read and well worth the listen!

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Such wisdom, such knowledge, wow

Fantastic. Great insight into militant minds that were balanced by faith and honour. Must read.

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not very philosophical

More history, less philosophy than I had hoped. I was still very interesting though and worth the time.

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Not What I Expected

Large portions of this book seemed far outside the scope of this book as it is marketed.

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So many things to think about

very much enjoyed it! so much information that I will definitely need to listen to it again!

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Excellent book. Highly Recommended

Thoughtful wisdom from 1600s to 1700s
This book is well put together
The audio was clear and easy to understand

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  • Daren Knight
  • 03-19-19

Simply excellent

This is the single most skillfully narrated audio book that I have ever listened to. The passion and authenticity of the narration speaks directly to you with the ancient wisdom of the Samurai mindset.

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  • Mr. Steve Cavanagh
  • 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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