: The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman (): Takuan Soho, William Scott Wilson: Books. The Unfettered Mind Publisher: Kodansha International [Takuan Soho] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. writting of the Zen Master to the. Editorial Reviews. Review. “All of the essays aim at helping the individual know himself and in Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho ( –), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the .

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Mugaku was appointed Founder of the still famous Engakuji monastery in Kamakura, the headquarters of the first military government of Japan. I bring this up because while it may be a historically interesting communication between Takuan and Yagyu, it can be confusing to the reader because it’s not thee of the core instruction he was conveying. This is because it’s a collection of personal communications from one master to another, at the peak of their mond practices.

The Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master

My hat is off to Takuan Soho. This is the nature of the Zen Master, to uncomplicated complicated thought. There were several of these “definitions” which weren’t remotely related to the stanza and thr author doesn’t make a convincing argument for some of his proposed definitions. In short putting up of an illustration of bajo is for the purpose of avoiding misfortune.

I’d previously dismissed the general Buddhist worldview as too nihilistic nothing is important or matters, etc.

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The famous Tai-A sword is not with another, but is inherent in everyone, takuxn no lack at all, complete and perfect. A valid point, to be sure, but one that could be stated much more succinctly. Intoning the name of Buddha first is this attitude of respectful speech; “focusing on one thing without wandering off” and “single-minded without being distracted” have the same meaning. Happily, I’ve found personality is void, and so are things. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

This is not particularly accessible, but it is not meant to be, as it is a letter from one master hakuan another.

While many Zen masters were accomplished scholars, none of them claimed to understand Unfetteged through formal learning alone; as a famous saying has it, “a picture of a cake can’t satisfy hunger. The Basic Mind and the Errant Mind. The mind is also something which does not function if it becomes attached to a single situation.

He was born during the Warring States period in into a Samurai family of the Miura clan, and entered a Jodo-sect Buddhist monastery when he was A wheel turns because it is not fixed.

In the context of martial arts, this means maintaining coolness, detachment, presence of mind, and objectivity even in the heat of combat.

Even the sky cannot cover this, even the earth cannot support it; even fire cannot burn it, even water cannot wet it, even wind unftetered penetrate it. Review quote “All of the essays aim at helping the individual know himself and in helping him to embrace the art of life. This is the mind that doesn’t stay anywhere at all.


A mind is able to force its attention onto a resting concept, idea, feeling, thought, etc. Oct 20, Igor Razumnyy rated it it was amazing. When there is no stopping place it is called no mind.

In any of these cases, your mind lingers, and you become an empty shell. For example, no matter how ardently you yourself want to be loyal to souo leadership, if the members of the whole family are not in harmony, and the people of Yagyu Valley Village rebel, everything will go awry. You should understand the poem on your own, but you unfetteredd realize that the thing to understand is just thinking not to let the mind linger, and this is the way to comprehend it.

沢庵宗彭 Takuan Sōhō ()

It is like water overflowing and it exists within itself, it appears appropriately when facing a time of need. It is about clearing your mind, and returning to as you were at the beginning. I think the source is good, and the translations are probably accurate. Takuan is one of my sources for inspiration, and I value this work. The capture of Zen schools by patronage and politics, combined with the systems of caste and primogeniture, populated Buddhist establishments with people uninterested in enlightenment.

There is no need to kill them.