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Hagakure
by Tsunetomo, Yamamoto

ISBN: 9781611801873
PUBLISHER: Shambhala Publications Inc
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 416
PUBLICATION DATE: 5.01.2015
DIMENSIONS: 11 x 7 x 2 centimetres 5 ounces

DESCRIPTION:
The seminal treatise on the code of the samurai--now available as a Shambhala Pocket Classic. "Hagakure" is a treatise on the samurai code written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, an eighteenth-century samurai. It's a guide, organized as a loose collection of thoughts, on how samurai should conduct themselves. This philosophy--bushido, or "the way of the samurai"--is, according to Tsunetomo, essentially a Way of death or dying. This embracing of death with honor and courage is the core theme of "Hagakure"--and part of its allure. This edition, translated by the esteemed translator William Scott Wilson, is considered the definitive version of this classic. No other translator has so thoroughly and eruditely rendered this text into English. Wilson's introduction casts" Hagakure" in a different light than ever before. In Tsunetomo's time, the Way of death was a nuanced concept that related heavily to the Zen idea of the death of the ego. Wilson's introduction gives the historical and philosophical background for that more metaphorical reading of "Hagakure, " and through this lens, the classic takes on a fresh and nuanced appeal.

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