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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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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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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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Interesting if you enjoy military history

I enjoy listening to/reading about historical warriors point if view and this collection does it well. I think the narrating could've been clearer from episode to episode when entering a new chapter. instead of just saying '5' it would've made a huge difference (imo) to have heard 'chapter five' instead. but I might be picky.

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  • Donald P. Jane
  • 30-09-17

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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  • David Gutierrez
  • 22-01-18

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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  • orrin gilkison
  • 06-08-18

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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  • Luis Pires
  • 22-01-15

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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  • Philip H. Cabrera
  • 03-06-20

It’s rather dull

I found it rather dry and drifted off frequently. It encompasses topics covered by better books. I recommend Hagakure instead.

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  • Sammy Cordero
  • 23-02-20

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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  • Monica B.
  • 28-01-21

Not really the Samurai mind. more like the Edo min

If you want to find the Samurai mind during the Senjko period, this is not it. If you want to find the Samurai mind during the mid to late Edo period and how they made up the term Bushido and it led to the downfall of Japan in WW2, this will give you some insight

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  • Norman Snow Jr.
  • 07-12-17

Such wisdom, such knowledge, wow

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

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  • Keaton
  • 26-06-21

Very enlightening

There’s something to be said about learning from ancient scholars about the way of the samurai; many modern day understandings are skewed by pop culture references and misconstrued history. This book puts a lot of things into perspective regarding attitudes and the concept of humility and service, two qualities that are at the heart of the samurai. I highly recommend this book.

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  • L. Greene
  • 25-05-21

Great History Lesson

Besides being easy to follow, the general history of various concepts of justice & mercy, culture & military expertise, was the take away from this book!