THE UNFETTERED MIND -- WRITINGS OF THE ZEN MASTER TO THE SWORD MASTER
by Takuan Soho
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THE AUTHOR: Takuan Soho (1573-1645) was a prelate at the Rinzai Sect of Zen, well remembered for his strength of character and acerbic wit; and he was also gardener, poet, tea master, prolific author and a pivotal figure in Zen painting and calligraphy. His religious training began at the age of ten. He entered the Rinzai sect at the age of fourteen and was appointed abbot of the Daitokuji, a major Zen temple in Kyoto, at the age of thirty-five. After a disagreement on ecclesiastical appointments with the second Tokugawa shogun, he was banished in 1629 to a far northern province. Coming under a general amnesty on the death of the shogun, he returned to society three years later to be, among other things, a confidant of !he third Tokugawa shogun.
THE TRANSLATOR: William Scott Wilson took his B.A. at Dartmouth College, graduated as a Japanese specialist from the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, and received his M.A. in Japanese Literature from the University of Washington. He became acquainted with Japan at first-hand in 1966 on a coastal expedition--by kayak--from the western Japanese port of Sasebo to Tokyo. He later lived in the potter's village of Bizen, studied as a special student at Aichi Prefectural University, and was a counselor at the Japanese Consulate-General in Seattle. He now lives in his native Florida.
Among his highly regarded translations of original works of literature are Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai and The Roots of Wisdom: Saikontan.
Dedicated to Gary Miller Haskins