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Miyamoto Musashi

The Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi's Go Rin no Sho or the book of five rings, is considered a classic treatise on military strategy, much like Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Chanakya's Arthashastra.

The five “books” refer to the idea that there are different elements of battle, just as there are different physical elements in life, as described by Buddhism, Shinto, and other Eastern religions. Through the book Musashi defends his thesis: a man who conquers himself is ready to take it on on the world, should need arise.
55 printed pages
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  • rzgnbjtcynshared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading


  • Philippshared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💡Learnt A Lot

    It's funny how I've been introduced to Musashi through a manga and how much of an impact it had on my life and my views of the world. The book might sound like it's for "martial arts/warriors" but it's not directed at one group of people, instead it teaches men and women how to find their way in life and in their endeavours, one does not need to be a samurai or warrior to read these texts and find valuable knowledge.

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  • Woodhas quoted25 days ago
    In short, it is difficult for large numbers of men to change position, so their movements can be easily predicted. An individual can easily change his mind, so his movements are difficult to predict. You must appreciate this.
  • Woodhas quoted25 days ago
    principle of strategy is having one thing, to know ten thousand things.
  • Pop Cathas quotedlast month
    The teacher is as a needle, the disciple is as thread. You must practice constantly.

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