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  bookswamp | Apr 1, 2010 |
I am deeply impressed with the philosophy it expounds and the discipline, loyalty, and honor it promotes. ( )
  mrellis64 | Jun 30, 2009 |
This book was scribed by a younger samurai who sat basically at the deathbed of the samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo. For seven years, the scribe sat and had conversations with Tsunetomo. Tsunetomo had become a monk after the death of his 'Master' in 1700. By 1716 the conversations ended, the result was a large manuscript. Hagakure is a compilation or thread of the most meaningful and 'best' of the manuscript.

The book is a mix of advice, stories, Buddhist teachings and koans, and direction on how to be the best samurai possible. As is more realistic and pure samurai teachings, this focuses less on swordplay than do most of the contemporary 20th and 21st century movies. The book is very much about loyalty--so much so that it is bound to conflict with modern and especially American views of independence, bootstrapping, etc.

Because it is written in small chunks without a specific plot or flow, I found the book to be great as a 'daily reader'. The author seems very calm, sane and without anger, and while I suspect no one would call him Enlightened, it reads without malice. From a Buddhist perspective, I had good luck replacing the word 'master' with 'compassion' and it worked almost seamlessly as a Buddhist reading meditation. ( )
2 vote shawnd | Jan 9, 2008 |
got this with Ghost Dog, very interesting
  wandruska | Dec 13, 2007 |
This book was a disappointment, perhaps because I expected something along the lines of the Art of War or The Book of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho) that would have relevance to today's urban warrior.

Instead, this would be a good book to give to a dog (if that dog could read). It is mostly about how to be a single-mindedly subservient retainer. I found very little to take away from it that would improve my martial arts, my daily life, or for that matter, my self esteem. It's all about being someone whose life is worthless, except as an unquestioning, willing martyr for one's boss.

This book was quoted several times in Ghost Dog, and I had to check to see that the quotes were really in there. I think those few references contain all of the quotable insight in the whole book. ( )
1 vote HoraceSPatoot | Oct 5, 2007 |
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Hagakure („U senci lišća”) je priručnik za samurajsku klasu sačinjen iz niza kratkih anegdota i razmišljanja koji istovremeno pružaju uvid i uputstva za način ponašanja koji iziskuje bušido - istinski duh i staza ratnika. Ovo nije filozofska knjiga u smislu u kome se ta reč uglavnom razume: to je zbirka misli i izreka prikupljenih u razdoblju od sedam godina, i kao takva pokriva široku lepezu predmeta, često bez posebnog reda.

Delo predstavlja model življenja koji je veoma udaljen od našeg pragmatizma i materijalizma, upućujući intuitivan, pre nego racionalan poziv, u svojoj tvrdnji da je bušido staza smrti, i da je samo onaj samuraj koji je spreman i voljan da umre u bilo kom trenutku potpuno iskren prema svom gospodaru. Mada je Hagakure godinama bio tekst držan u strogoj tajnosti i poznat jedino ratnicima vazalima provincije Hizen kojima je i sam autor pripadao, kasnije je on došao na glas kao klasično delo o samurajskoj filozofiji, vršeći tako snažan uticaj na mnoge naredne naraštaje i stičući brojne poklonike, među kojima se našao i Jukio Mišima.
Jamamoto Cunetomo (1659-1719) je bio samuraj-sluga iz klana Nabešima, koji je gospodario provincijom Hizen. Postao je budistički monah 1700. godine, nakon što je Šogunska vlada zabranila praksu cufiku - samoubistvo sluge nakon smrti svog gospodara. Knjiga je posvećena jednom mlađem samuraju tokom autorove izolacije u periodu od sedam godina.
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Although it stands to reason that a samuraia should be mindful of the Way of the Samurai, it would seem that we are all negligent.
"Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams."
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In eighteenth-century Japan, Tsunetomo Yamamoto created the Hagakure, a document that served as the basis for samurai warrior behavior. Its guiding principles greatly influenced the Japanese ruling class and shaped the underlying character of the Japanese psyche, from businessmen to soldiers.

Bushido is the first English translation of the Hagakure. This work provides a powerful message aimed at the mind and spirit of the samurai warrior. It offers beliefs that are difficult for the Western mind to embrace, yet fascinating in their pursuit of absolute service. With Bushido, one can better put into perspective Japan'’s historical path and gain greater insight into the Japan of today.

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