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Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai
Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai
Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai
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Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai

Written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Narrated by Tim Campbell

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

The comprehensive and accurate edition of the Hagakure is a must-have for serious martial artists or fans of samurai and the Bushido code.

The Hagakure is one of the most influential of all Japanese texts - written nearly 300 years ago by Yamamoto Tsunetomo to summarize the very essence of the Japanese Samurai Bushido ("warrior") spirit. Its influence has been felt throughout the world, and yet its existence is scarcely known to many Westerners. This is the first translation to include the complete first two books of the Hagakure and the most reliable and authentic passages contained within the third book; all other English translations published previously have been extremely fragmentary and incomplete.

PublisherTantor Audio
Release dateApr 16, 2019
Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659 # 1719) fue un respetado guerrero samurái japonés al servicio de su señor, Nabeshima Mitsushige, al que dedicó su vida durante treinta años. Cuando su señor fallece, al no poder tomar la vía del seppuku o suicidio ritual, que fue anulado en 1660, se retiró a un monasterio budista de Saga. Allí, con la ayuda del joven Tashiro Tsuramoto, recoge y unifica todas sus lecciones en Hagakure. El Camino del Samurái, que pasa a ser su obra más conocida. Estos escritos fueron guardados en secreto en el clan Nabeshima durante dos siglos, hasta que finalmente se hizo público en la era Meji, violando la prohibición de no publicarlo que impuso Yamamoto.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Some fascinating historical perspectives mixed with wisdom and what I can only describe as an alien mindset. I recommend this book not to those seeking a greater understanding of Zen, but rather to those who want to understand the spiritual underpinnings of samurai culture.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    Another one I read years ago. Note the biohazard kamon on the cover.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    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.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    Another one I read years ago. Note the biohazard kamon on the cover.