The Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

The Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai (wiki)
was written by Yamamoto Tsunetomo in the early 1700’s.  Yamamoto was a famous samurai who wrote down his thoughts after retiring as a Buddhist monk.

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.

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One response to “The Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

  1. Skeptnik

    I love aphorisms. Sounds very interesting.

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