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The Japanese Art of War: Understanding the Culture of Strategy
Military rule and the martial tradition of the samurai dominated Japanese culture for more than eight hundred years. According to Thomas Cleary—translator of more than thirty-five classics of Asian philosophy—the Japanese people have been so steeped in the way of the warrior that some of the manners and mentality of this outlook remain embedded in their individual and ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Shambhala
(first published 1991)
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Название книги вводит в заблуждение. Об искусстве войны как таковом (тактика, стратегия, логистика, типы войск и пр.) здесь немного, очень немного. В основном, книга об идеологии военного сословия средневековой Японии, о том, что бусидо позаимствовало из китайского дзен-буддизма и синтоизма. Этот конкретный аспект раскрыт довольно неплохо. Но если вы ищете книгу непосредственно о военной стратегии, что-то вроде У-цзы, Сунь-цзы - это не то, что вам нужно.
This is the definitive book on tje Japanese Art of war. It doesn't involve technique, it assumes that you already know how to paint. It helps you tou make a lasting work. There is a section on Shinto and the rise in Japanese militarism. Overextending yourself is a mistake that is easy to make and can only be controlled with self discipline.
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“Those who have no real virtue within but outwardly rely on flowery cleverness are like leaky boats brightly painted—if you put manikins in them and set them on dry ground they look all right, but once they go into the rivers and lakes, into the wind and waves, are they not in danger?”
“You need to realize that when you practice from the state of the beginner all the way to the stage of immutable wisdom, then you must go back to the status of the beginner again. Let me explain in terms of your martial arts. As a beginner you know nothing of stance or sword position, so you have nothing in yourself to dwell on mentally. If someone strikes at you, you just fight, without thinking of anything. Then when you learn various things like stance, how to wield a sword, where to place the attention, and so on, your mind lingers on various points, so you find yourself all tangled up when you try to strike. But if you practice day after day and month after month, eventually stance and swordplay don’t hang on your mind anymore, and you are like a beginner who knows nothing. This is the sense in which it is said that the beginning and the end are the same, just as one and ten become neighbors when you have counted from one to ten. It is also like the highest and lowest notes of a musical scale becoming neighbors below and above a cycle of the scale. Just as the highest and lowest notes resemble each other, since buddhas are the highest human development they appear to be like people who know nothing of Buddha or Buddhism, having none of the external trappings that people envision of buddhas. Therefore the afflictions of unaware lingering in the beginning and the immutable wisdom in the end become one. The cogitating side of your brain will vanish, and you will come to rest in a state where there is no concern. Completely ignorant people don’t show their wits, it seems, because they haven’t got any. Highly developed intelligence doesn’t show because it has already gone into hiding. It is because of pseudo-erudition that intelligence goes to one’s head, a ludicrous sight.”More quotes…