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The Book of Five Rings (1643)

by Miyamoto Musashi (Author)

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I found this vintage book (published May, 1982) in my Little Free Library and decided to read it because I've recently become interested in things Japanese. The book was written by a masterless samurai, Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in the late 1500's and early 1600's and practiced what he called heiho. It is said that he never lost a bout with 60 individual swordsmen before reaching the age of thirty. In this book, he wrote the principles of his heiho.

I liked this book for learning about this particular form of swordsmanship, but I never took it to be a book about "Japanese success in business" as was advertised at the top of this mass market paperback. It was weird, though, reading a book about mastering the skill to kill another individual. I'm not unhappy that the time of samurai is gone. ( )
  SqueakyChu | Feb 23, 2016 |
I read The Book of Five Rings when I was a teenager and don't remember much of the experience. Now I realize why. It's a very dry and sparse read by modern standards. I can't judge it beyond that; it's a classic, and must be viewed within the context of history and culture.

This particular volume also included The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War by Yagyu Munenori, which I found to be an easier, more relatable read as it explored more of the Zen aspect of swordfighting.
  ladycato | Aug 12, 2015 |
Gift from Andi
  trexm5qp7 | Apr 17, 2014 |
One of the classic books on military thought from East or West and a must read for anyone interested in tactics or strategy. It is very good for understanding the samurai mindset. There is much on personal combat in the book but it is a bit tough to use as a training manual as there is much that is implied but not really stated (to be fair, Musashi says he wrote it that way intentionally). On the other hand, I found Musashi's method of applying the same ideas of strategy and tactics to both personal combat and "large scale military science" to be somewhat of a stretch as these are not always, as he claims, equally applicable (he is essentially equating the methods of the tactical and operational levels of war which is too broad of a claim). When approaching this book it is necessary to remember that Musashi was a duelist and a soldier, not really a general or field commander. ( )
  SPQR2755 | Oct 13, 2013 |
Bonk-Bonk on the head ! ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
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Knjiga koja na engleskom nosi ispravan naziv „Knjiga pet sfera“, delo Mijamota Musašija posvećeno umeću ratovanja, predstavlja čisto pragmatični poduhvat. Musaši ismeva spoljašnji sjaj i komercijalizaciju borilačkih veština, usmeravajući pažnju na psihološki i fizički aspekt smrtonosnog napada i odlučne pobede kao suštine ratovanja.

Njegov naučno agresivan, u potpunosti nemilosrdan pristup vojnoj nauci, iako nije bio široko zastupljen među japanskim majstorima borilačkih veština, predstavlja jednu visoko koncentrovanu karakterizaciju određenog tipa ratnika samuraja. Iako se u vezi njegovih dramatičnih podviga razvio čitav korpus legendi, malo se toga pouzdano zna o životu Mijamota Musašija. Ono što je on izneo o sebi u svojoj „Knjizi pet prstenova“ je primarni izvor istorijskih činjenica. Prvi put je u borbi ubio čoveka sa trinaest godina, a poslednji put sa dvadeset i devet godina. U jednom trenutku svog života on je navodno prestao da koristi pravi mač, ali je nastavio da zadaje smrtonosne udarce protivnicima sve do kraja karijere mačevaoca. Poslednje tri decenije života Musaši je proveo usavršavajući i podučavajući svoju ratničku nauku. Priča se da se nikada nije češljao, da se nikada nije kupao, da se nije ženio, da nije stvorio dom i da nije podizao decu. Iako je poznavao društvene veštine svog vremena i uistinu ih je preporučivao svakome, Mijamoto Musaši je u suštini išao asketskim putem ratnika do kraja svog života.

Ovo izdanje sadrži u sebi još jednu proslavljenu knjigu, Knjigu porodičnih predanja o umeću ratovanja, Jagju Munenorija, čuvenog samuraja koji se u poznim godinama posvetio zen budizmu. Otuda ova knjiga predstavlja spoj zena i borilačkih veština.
 
Knjiga koja na engleskom nosi ispravan naziv „Knjiga pet sfera“, delo Mijamota Musašija posvećeno umeću ratovanja, predstavlja čisto pragmatični poduhvat. Musaši ismeva spoljašnji sjaj i komercijalizaciju borilačkih veština, usmeravajući pažnju na psihološki i fizički aspekt smrtonosnog napada i odlučne pobede kao suštine ratovanja.

Njegov naučno agresivan, u potpunosti nemilosrdan pristup vojnoj nauci, iako nije bio široko zastupljen među japanskim majstorima borilačkih veština, predstavlja jednu visoko koncentrovanu karakterizaciju određenog tipa ratnika samuraja. Iako se u vezi njegovih dramatičnih podviga razvio čitav korpus legendi, malo se toga pouzdano zna o životu Mijamota Musašija. Ono što je on izneo o sebi u svojoj „Knjizi pet prstenova“ je primarni izvor istorijskih činjenica. Prvi put je u borbi ubio čoveka sa trinaest godina, a poslednji put sa dvadeset i devet godina. U jednom trenutku svog života on je navodno prestao da koristi pravi mač, ali je nastavio da zadaje smrtonosne udarce protivnicima sve do kraja karijere mačevaoca. Poslednje tri decenije života Musaši je proveo usavršavajući i podučavajući svoju ratničku nauku. Priča se da se nikada nije češljao, da se nikada nije kupao, da se nije ženio, da nije stvorio dom i da nije podizao decu. Iako je poznavao društvene veštine svog vremena i uistinu ih je preporučivao svakome, Mijamoto Musaši je u suštini išao asketskim putem ratnika do kraja svog života.

Ovo izdanje sadrži u sebi još jednu proslavljenu knjigu, Knjigu porodičnih predanja o umeću ratovanja, Jagju Munenorija, čuvenog samuraja koji se u poznim godinama posvetio zen budizmu. Otuda ova knjiga predstavlja spoj zena i borilačkih veština.
 

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Musashi, MiyamotoAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cleary, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, VictorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Munenori, YagyuContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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(Translator's Introduction by Thomas Cleary): The Book of Five Rings and The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War are two of the most important texts on conflict and strategy emerging from the Japanese warrior culture.
(Preface): The science of martial arts called the Individual School of Two Skies is something that I have spent many years refining.
Martial arts are the warrior's way of life.
(Translator's Introduction by Victor Harris): Miyamoto Musashi was born in 1584, in a Japan struggling to recover from more than four centuries of internal strife.
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All things, at first try, are difficult to handle.
Broaden your knowledge. It is necessary to polish your own path.
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Escrito em 1643 por Miyamoto Musashi, mestre espadachim e lendário samurai invencível, O Livro dos Cinco Anéis é um dos textos mais importantes sobre conflito e estratégia que emergiram da cultura marcial japonesa.
Quando registou os seus pensamentos sobre a arte de manejar a espada, a vitória e a espiritualidade, o lendário guerreiro Miyamoto Musashi concebeu este modesto tratado como um guia para os seus discípulos e para as futuras gerações de samurais. Não fazia ideia de que traçava uma obra-prima que viria a ser lida avidamente pelos mais diversos leitores modernos séculos após a sua morte.
Os sábios e acutilantes conselhos e observações de Musashi aplicam-se não só a mestres marciais mas também a líderes em todas as profissões — ele analisa o processo de luta e domínio sobre o conflito que marca todos os níveis de interacção humana. Os conselhos intemporais sobre a forma de derrotar o adversário, apanhá-lo desprevenido, gerar o caos e outras técnicas para suplantar o adversário destinavam-se aos guerreiros de outras eras que as punham em prática no campo de batalha e serve agora os interesses do leitor moderno no campo de batalha da vida.
Em conjunto com A Arte da Guerra, de Sun Tzu, O Código de Honra do Samurai, de Taïra Shigésuké, e O Príncipe, de Maquiavel, O Livro dos Cinco Anéis há muito que é considerado um verdadeiro tratado acerca da estratégia da vitória.
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To learn a Japanese martial art is to learn Zen, and although you can't do so simply by reading a book, it sure does help--especially if that book is The Book of Five Rings. One of Japan's great samurai sword masters penned in decisive, unfaltering terms this certain path to victory, and like Sun Tzu's The Art of War it is applicable not only on the battlefield but also in all forms of competition. Always observant, creating confusion, striking at vulnerabilities--these are some of the basic principles. Going deeper, we find suki, the interval of vulnerability, of indecisiveness, of rest, the briefest but most vital moment to strike. In succinct detail, Miyamoto records ideal postures, blows, and psychological tactics to put the enemy off guard and open the way for attack. Most important of all is Miyamoto's concept of rhythm, how all things are in harmony, and that by working with the rhythm of a situation we can turn it to our advantage with little effort. But like Zen, this requires one task above all else, putting the book down and going out to practice. --Brian Bruya

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"The Book of Five Rings" was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi. Thomas Cleary's translation is immediately accessible, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition. Along with Musashi's text, Cleary translates here another important Japanese classic on leadership and strategy, "The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War" by Yagyu Munenori, which highlights the ethical and spiritual insights of Taoism and Zen as they apply to the way of the warrior.… (more)

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