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the zen is truly mightier than the sword.

In All, Spirit on February 28, 2013 at 11:23 pm

the zen is truly mightier than the sword.

In a state of no boundaries, no code, the zen is truly mightier than the sword.

Or is it?

For days now I haven’t written. I am looking for the abiding place and the interval into which not even a hair can be entered as described in the writings of Takuan Soho.

Enlightened master swordsman, philosopher, gardener, poet & man of cutting wit. Born in Japan in 1573.

Three essays put together make up The Unfettered Mind. Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master.

You can find the english translation here.

Must read in its entirety.

*Depicted above is Yamaoka Tesshū, famous samurai of the Bakumatsu period.

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  1. Heard you’ve been in Japan yourself… The cultures of Samurai period and Hellenistic Greek are so extremely different or even at odds with each other. How could that be, given the deep ‘spirituality’ of both cultures? Rhetoric question, need not respond to. Elona

  2. hi Emanuella I like your site, vert interesting and varied yet focussed. Unusual books
    and things about Greece are really striking. I just finished reading the Captive Mind by
    Milosz, have you heard of it? ghiasou steph

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