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Sword of Zen: Master Takuan and His Writings on Immovable Wisdom and the Sword Taie

Soho Takuan


Takuan Sōho's (1573–1645) two works on Zen and swordsmanship are among the most straightforward and lively presentations of Zen ever written and have enjoyed great popularity in both premodern and modern Japan. Although dealing ostensibly with the art of the sword, Record of Immovable Wisdom and On the Sword Taie are basic guides to Zen. Along with translations of Record of Immovable Wisdom andOn the Sword Taie, this book includes an introduction to Takuan's distinctive approach to Zen, drawing on excerpts from the master's other writings. It also offers an overview of the actual role of the s ... More

Keywords: Takuan Sōho, Japanese Zen, swordsmanship, civil warfare, Japanese unification, Tokugawa shoguns, Tokugawa Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835439
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Soho Takuan, author