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William Scott Wilson

Full Name: William Scott Wilson
Gender: Male
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Number of Works: 15
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ISBN: 477002942X, 9784770029423
Keywords: musashi, miyamoto, life, samurai
Pages: 288
Published: 2004
  • Rating: 80%

"By age thirteen, Miyamoto Musashi had killed his opponent in what would become the first of many celebrated swordfights. By thirty, he had fought more than sixty matches, losing none. He would live another thirty years but kill no one else. He continued to engage in swordfights but now began to show his skill simply by thwarting his opponents' every attack until they acknowledged Musashi's all-encompassing ability. At the same time, the master swordsman began to expand his horizons, exploring Zen Buddhism and its related arts, particularly ink painting, in a search for a truer Way."
ISBN: 0897500814, 9780897500814
Keywords: history, philosophy, series, warriors, japanese, samurai, writings, ideals
Pages: 144
Published: 1982
  • Rating: 80%

An anthology of 12 samurai manuscripts showing the meaning and guiding principles of samurai life.
ISBN: 4770030916, 9784770030917
Keywords: translation, new, ching, tao
Pages: 256
Published: 1989
  • Rating: 80%

Renowned translator William Scott Wilson offers a fresh version of the Tao Te Ching that will resonate with the modern reader. While most translators have relied on the "new" text of 200 B.C., Wilson went back another 300 years to work from the original characters used during Lao Tzu's lifetime. By referring to these earlier characters, Wilson is able to offer a text that is more authentic in language and nuance, yet preserves all the beauty and poetry of the work.This elegant hardcover edition also features two insightful essays by Wilson, "Zen and Taoism" and "Zen an
ISBN: 9562919862, 9789562919869
Keywords: rings, five, book
Pages: 1
Published: 1977
  • Rating: 80%

Often used to explain Japanese business competition, Musashi's Book of Five Rings is more properly a definitive treatise on mortal combat from one of Japan's most formidable warriors - the martial arts luminary Miyamoto Musashi. Famed martial artist Stephen Kaufman has translated this classic without the usual commercial bias, driving straight to the heart of Musashi's incisive martial arts stratagems. The result is an enthralling combination of powerful technical wisdom and the philosophical elucidation offered to martial artists by Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism, and Taoism. From the me
ISBN: 4770029160, 9784770029164
Keywords: samurai, book, hagakure
Pages: 180
Published: 1716
  • Rating: 80%

This book describes the short, succinct passages found in 'Hagakure', composed in the spirit of the way of thinking they reflect and outline the qualities that make a samurai: readiness to die, whatever one's cause; uncompromising loyalty; singlemindedness, preparedness, artlessness, celerity, decorum and compassion. It transcends time, space and the encumbrances of societal living by penetrating to the core of existence with the clarity and vividness of its insights.
ISBN: 4770029470, 9784770029478
Keywords: master, swordsman, zen, writings, mind, unfettered
Pages: 142
Published: 1986
  • Rating: 80%

In a life-and-death situation of being sword-tip to sword-tip with the enemy, where should the swordsman put his mind? This is the first question posed in the first of three essays written by a Zen master for the guidance of samurai swordsmen. Among the other questions that arise are the difference between the right mind and the confused mind, what makes life precious, the nature of right-mindedness, the Buddhist paradigm of form and consciousness, and what distinguishes the True Mind. So succinct are the author's insights that these writings have outlasted the dissolution of the samurai class
ISBN: 0897500962, 9780897500968
Keywords: yuzan, daidoji, primer, warrior, budoshoshinshu
Pages: 128
Published: 1984
  • Rating: 80%

This 17th-century text written for the education and guidance of Japanese warriors delineates the ethics, morality, and daily duties of a class of people dedicated to honor and courage. Wilson holds a master's degree in Japanese language and literature. Fully illustrated.
ISBN: 4770024991, 9784770024992
Keywords: art, teachings, classic, spirit, flowering
Pages: 160
Published: 2006
  • Rating: 80%

The actor and playwright Zeami (1363-1443) has been described by Donald Keene as "the greatest figure in the history of No." As well as astonishing masterpieces for the theories of the art of No. These were initially secret teachings that were later coveted among the upper echelons of the samurai class, and only reached the general public in the early twentieth century.The Fushikaden is the best known of these treatises, and is just as relevant today as it was six hundred years ago. Not only does it provide practical instruction to actors, likening the actor's art to a flower, but it