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Author King, Winston L. (Winston Lee), 1907-2000.

Title Zen and the way of the sword : arming the samurai psyche / Winston L. King.

Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, c1993.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    294.3927 KIN    Available
Description 265 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-257) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Part I : Zen and Japan -- Zen discipline and experience ; Japanese warrior adopts Zen -- Part II : Japanese Samurai -- Warrior in Japanese history ; Samurai sword ; Samurai swordsmanship ; Bushido : the Samurai ethos -- Part III : Samurai Zen -- Stable inner platform of mental control ; Zen sword : a modern interpretation -- Part IV: Samurai heritage -- Samurai of the twentieth century ; Life-giving sword of the martial arts.
Summary How the samurai cultivated Zen, relating its teaching of a free and spontaneous mind to the experience of a warrior in individual combat, and finding philosophical strength in Zen as they prepared themselves for death.
Subject Samurai.
Samurai -- Religious life.
Martial arts -- Religious aspects -- Zen Buddhism.
Zen Buddhism -- Japan.
Japan -- Civilization -- Zen influences.
ISBN 0195068106 (acid-free paper)
9780195068108 (acid-free paper)

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