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  • Walking the Kiso Roadby William Scott Wilson

    Shambhala 2015; US$ 15.99

    Take a trip to old Japan with William Scott Wilson as he travels the ancient Kiso Road, a legendary route that remains much the same today as it was hundreds of years ago. The Kisoji , which runs through the Kiso Valley in the Japanese Alps, has been in use since at least 701 C.E. In the seventeenth century, it was the route that the daimyo (warlords)... more...

  • The Lone Samuraiby William Scott Wilson

    Shambhala 2013; US$ 15.99

    Miyamoto Musashi (1584?1645) was the legendary samurai known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic book on strategy, the Book of Five Rings . Over 350 years after his death, Musashi and his legacy still fascinate us and continue to inspire artists, authors, and filmmakers. Here, respected translator... more...

  • The One Taste of Truthby William Scott Wilson

    Shambhala 2013; US$ 13.99

    Traditionally in China and Japan, drinking a cup of tea was an opportunity for contemplation, meditation, and an elevation of mind and spirit. Here, renowned translator William Scott Wilson distills what is singular and precious about this traditional tea culture, and he explores the fascinating connection between Zen and tea drinking. He unpacks the... more...

  • The Spirit of Nohby Zeami; William Scott Wilson

    Shambhala 2013; US$ 16.99

    The Japanese dramatic art of Noh has a rich six-hundred-year history and has had a huge influence on Japanese culture and such Western artists as Ezra Pound and The Japanese dramatic art of Noh has long held a fascination for people both in the East and the West. For six hundred years it has had a huge influence on Japanese culture—and has inspired... more...

  • The Pocket Samuraiby William Scott Wilson

    Shambhala 2015; US$ 8.99

    The samurai of Japan, who were the country’s military elite from medieval times to the end of the nineteenth century, were synonymous with valor, honor, and martial arts prowess. Their strict adherence to the code of bushido ("the way of the warrior"), chivalry, and honor in fighting to the death continues to capture the imagination of people today,... more...

  • Hagakureby Yamamoto Tsunetomo; William Scott Wilson

    Shambhala 2012; US$ 8.99

    Living and dying with bravery and honor is at the heart of Hagakure , a series of texts written by an eighteenth-century samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo. It is a window into the samurai mind, illuminating the concept of bushido (the Way of the Warrior), which dictated how samurai were expected to behave, conduct themselves, live, and die. While Hagakure... more...

  • The Unfettered Mindby Takuan Soho; William Scott Wilson

    Shambhala 2012; US$ 17.99

    This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573–1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as a guide for the samurai... more...

  • Tao Te Chingby Lao Tzu; William Scott Wilson

    Shambhala 2012; US$ 13.99

    Renowned translator William Scott Wilson has rendered Lao Tzu's classic in the most authentic way possible, using both the ancient text and the even older Great Seal script used during Lao Tzu's time. The result is a new and nuanced translation, accompanied by Chinese ink paintings and ancillary material. Wilson includes an introduction that tells... more...

  • The Life-Giving Swordby William Scott Wilson; Yagyu Munenori

    Shambhala 2012; US$ 16.99

    The legendary seventeenth-century swordsman Yagyu Munenori was the sword instructor and military and political adviser to two shoguns—and a great rival to Miyamoto Musashi. Despite his martial ability and his political power, Munenori's life was spent immersed in Zen teachings. These teachings formed the framework for his deeply spiritual approach... more...

  • Cultivating Ch'iby Kaibara Ekiken; William Scott Wilson

    Shambhala 2013; US$ 15.99

    Samurai are best known for taking life—but here is a samurai doctor’s prescription for how to preserve life, and to make yours a long and healthy one. Unlike other samurai of his time, the samurai Kaibara Ekiken (1630–1714) was concerned less with swordsmanship than with how to maintain and nurture the healthy mind and body upon which martial techniques... more...