The Samurai Mind
is a collection of five seminal Japanese texts that convey the essence of traditional samurai warrior ethic from very different, but complementary points of view. These texts range from the ferocious to the esoteric—with their common thread being the importance of mastering one's own mind as the key to overcoming opponents. Written from the mid-18th to early 19th century, the authors were acknowledged master warriors keen to address a broader audience beyond their circle of students and acolytes. Their aim was to explain their craft to the outside world, and they do so with great insight.
Four of the five texts presented here are translated into English for the first time making The Samurai Mind
an important addition to the literature on Japanese martial arts and a valuable resource for all martial artists. The book is an informative look at the samurai of Japan with particular emphasis on the samurai's relationship with his sword—the most fabled weapon in history—and on his need to cultivate mental discipline to achieve his goals.
The five texts include:
- The Mysterious Skills of the Old Cat
- Sword Theory
- A Treatise on the Sword
- Joseishi's Discussions on the Sword
- Ignorance in Swordsmanship