I was given the Hagakure in 1985 by my Scottish friend John Craig. John was my first acupuncture teacher and a 5th Dan Kyūdō (Zen Archery) practitioner when we both lived in Japan. The book is filled with memories for me — for at that time I was doing a martial art in a Zen temple and studying acupuncture. My life had recently been thrown into confusion (after leaving India) and everything appeared fresh with dangerous, inviting, and promising potential.
The Hagakure is a short book of compiled aphorisms — an easy read. This is an index for my upcoming posts related to The Hagakure. Grab one and read along if you’d like.
- The Counsel of Many : Comparing a samurai text with Biblical text
- Ghost Dog (coming)