Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series



Training The Samurai Mind

A Bushido SourceBook

Translated and Edited By Thomas Cleary

Publisher: Shambhala



“Warriors ought to keep their bravery inside, not showing it outwardly. This can be attained spontaneously after you studied both culture and arms.”

“With pearls hidden in it, the river is beautiful, with jade concealed in it, the mountain is lustrous.”

(Page: 115)


Written by Izawa Nagahide, who was a hereditary retainer of a feudal lord in Kyusbu. He was an expert in both Japanese studies (kokugaku) and Chinese studies (kangaku) and a prolific author. (Active CA. 1711-1732)


Hermit Poet’s Comments: There is no need to show off and brag about skills during personal or professional interactions. A person’s expertise will be gently displayed through their physical and verbal expressions.


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