: 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 .

Author: Gogor Dujas
Country: Equatorial Guinea
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Travel
Published (Last): 5 December 2016
Pages: 77
PDF File Size: 6.87 Mb
ePub File Size: 9.26 Mb
ISBN: 279-7-47308-982-7
Downloads: 14091
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Mikajora

Cutting with the Medieval Sword: Given this much, the teaching of holding up the flower and smiling is difficult to attain with certainty.

The Unfettered Mind

Now when you know a little better, you respect the principle; it is neither what ordinary people believe nor what they repudiate — it is a matter of Buddhist teaching illustrating a principle through an object. What you say after thinking about it unfetyered be eloquent, but it is still an affliction of a state of fixation.

Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon.

This is used as a framework of introspective exercise to examine the relationship between objectivity and subjectivity and the internal contradictions in consciousness.

Just as the thousand hands of Kannon are all sohi as long as the mind is balanced, as mentioned before, if the heart of your martial art is balanced, the activity of your mind is free, as if you could subdue thousands of enemies with one sword.

It means keeping the mind unchanging without regression. This may be expressed in terms of your martial art. The Demon’s Sermon on the Martial Arts: Recommended for repeated readings to understand the depths of the contents.


Where to Set the Mind. Ttakuan ask other readers questions about The Unfettered Mindplease sign up. Recognizing this sincerely, if you get rid of subjective injustice in your knowledge of others, making it a priority to avoid petty people and take to the wise, the government of the country will improve and you can be the most loyal of ministers.

The ideal of no contemplation on the action of cutting down the opponent is taken into consideration in many different places of The Mysterious Record of Immovable Wisdom.

That being so, the point of this saying is to activate the sojo without coming to a halt anywhere.

It’s unrettered dense, and assumes familiarity with Zen Buddhism. Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu. The mind that fixates somewhere and lingers does not work freely. Takuan is one of my sources for inspiration, and I value this work.

You may control your mind, but that’s a task for the beginner, you know. Threatened with a sword to his neck, the Zen master showed no sign of fear; instead, he extemporized. As for the meaning of sohho on water as on land and walking on land as on water, this cannot be known by any but those who have realized the original source of humanity. After that, this truth was transmitted through twenty-eight generations in India, to Bodhidharma; and undettered China, it was transmitted for six generations from Bodhidharma, to the Sixth Grand Master.

The Unfettered Mind – Wikipedia

Definitely an interesting read, although I wish I had read other writings of Soho first. Having fled invading Mongol armies inMugaku was finally surrounded by advancing Mongol troops the next year. They unify their essence, nurture their energy, and store their power, to commune with the creation of things. Being able to see right and wrong without seeing minf and wrong, being able to discriminate without discriminating, means being able to see right and wrong without seeing right and wrong unfettreed the context of martial arts, able to discriminate without discriminating.


This is deep martial philosophy written by an absolute genius and master of some of the highest arts in ancient Japan. Likely Takuan was drawing from his own culture’s takkuan for these notions, the great tradition of budo, but I would have gotten more from the work if he had first defined his own view of budo before expanding upon the particulars.

When there is no stopping place it is called no mind. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. People like this never show their minx they are faster than lightning, quicker than a gale. If you first train the cat so that it can live together with the bird and not hunt it even if you let it free to go wherever it wants, that is the hakuan of activating the mind without dwelling on anything.

The Unfettered Mind : Takuan Soho :

This real true martial art cannot be conveyed by words; there is no way unfetterd teach things like how to take up a stance and where to strike. Its other names are virtue, the Way, human-heartedness, probity, and propriety. The mindful cannot alienate it, the mindless cannot approach it; the only ones who attain it realize it silently and actualize it naturally.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Even the deities cannot fathom it. This is the meaning of the word “samadhi,” a Sanskrit term borrowed from Buddhist meditation science meaning absorption.