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Yojokun free pdf The dawn of the 17th century saw peace descend on Japan. With the value of their martial skills on the decline, the samurai sought new spiritual, moral, psychological and physical moorings. Tsunetomo Yamamoto, author of the now-classic "Hagakure", combined a Confucian sense of justice with a Zen-influenced abandonment of the ego to espouse loyalty and death as paramount qualities of the samurai's calling. Kaibara Ekiken, a samurai physician with philosophical and Buddhist leanings, took the opposite tact. He sought ways for a healthier, more rewarding life.In "Yojokun: Life Lessons from a Samurai", Ekiken collected six decades of study and observation to compile one of the most remarkable commentaries of his age. He combined his knowledge of holistic health, the principles of ch'i (the material force that pervades all things) and jin ('human heartedness'), Buddhism, Confucianism and the art of living - he addressed concerns that ran from mental and physical health to spiritual matters. Yojokun offers startlingly profound and fresh insights into many of the same problems that concern most of us today.William Scott Wilson notes Ekiken's relevance for the 21st Century: 'The Yojokun, then, is not just a vestige of quaint Orientalia, but rather a living guide to a traditional Way of life and balanced health. If we do not immediately understand some of its more exotic prescripts, it may be wiser not to dismiss them outright, but to approach the work as Ekiken himself might have: with humility, curiosity, respect and imagination'. This is a companion to the best-selling "Hagakure", revealing the wisdom of a samurai's Way of Life. It does for the samurai Code of Life what "Hagakure" did for the samurai Code of Honourable Death. This is the first translation of this classic Japanese text, with a detailed foreword by renowned translator William Scott Wilson.

About Ekiken Kaibara

Born in 1630 to a samurai family during the lifetime of renowned swordsman Musashi, Ekiken Kaibara (d. 1714) was a samurai physician and neo-Confucian samurai scholar. As an adult he fell into disfavour with his lord and was stripped of his income and forced to become a ronin (a wandering, unemployed samurai). After being reinstated by the new daimyo lord of the Fukuoka region, he began an intense period of study in Kyoto, where he met some of the luminaries of the time. Kaibara became known for his keen intellect and wide interests, which encompassed a myriad of subjects, including Confucianism, education, history, herbal remedies, spiritual issues and philosophy. He published a number of books, one of his last being the Yojokun, released when he was 83. William Scott Wilson is the well-known translator of many Japanese and Chinese classics. As an undergraduate student at Dartmouth College in 1966, Wilson was invited by a friend to join a three-month kayak trip up the coast of Japan from Shimonoseki to Tokyo. This eye-opening journey, beautifully documented in National Geographic, spurred Wilson's fascination with the culture and history of Japan. After receiving a B.A. degree in political science from Dartmouth, Wilson earned a second B.A. in Japanese language and literature from the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies in California, then undertook extensive research on Edo-period (1603-1868) philosophy at the Aichi Prefectural University, in Nagoya, Japan. Wilson completed his first translation, Hagakure, while living in an old farmhouse deep in the Japanese countryside. Hagakure saw publication in 1979, the same year Wilson completed an M.A. in Japanese language and literature at the University of Washington. Wilson's other translations include The Book of Five Rings, The Life-Giving Sword, The Unfettered Mind, The Demon's Sermon, and the Eiji Yoshikawa samurai novel Taiko, as well as the Ideals of the Samurai, which has been used as a college textbook on Japanese history and thought.

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Author : Ekiken Kaibara
Publisher : Kodansha International Ltd
Data Published : 15 November 2008
ISBN : 4770030770
EAN : 9784770030771
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 255 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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