The Book of Five Rings – Audiobook – by Miyamoto Musashi (Go Rin No Sho)

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The Book of Five Rings was written nearly 400 years ago in Japan, and is about swordsmanship and strategy. Due to it’s subject matter it’s difficult to draw lessons and parallels to the modern world without taking quite an abstract view of the author’s meaning, however there is an underlying philosophy running through it, and it’s an important work which is still read today in Japan and a few people had requested it so I thought I’d do a recording. Listen to it with an open mind and share what you took from it in the comments below.
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Start – 0:00
Introduction – 0:16
The Ground Book – 2:51
The Water Book – 27:49
The Fire Book – 57:16
The Wind (Tradition) Book – 1:28:10
The Book of the Void – 1:49:16

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The Book of Five Rings (五輪書 Go Rin no Sho) is a text on kenjutsu and the martial arts in general, written by the Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi around 1645. There have been various translations made over the years, and it enjoys an audience considerably broader than only that of martial artists and people across East Asia: for instance, some foreign business leaders find its discussion of conflict and taking the advantage to be relevant to their work in a business context. The modern-day Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū employs it as a manual of technique and philosophy.

Musashi establishes a “no-nonsense” theme throughout the text. For instance, he repeatedly remarks that technical flourishes are excessive, and contrasts worrying about such things with the principle that all technique is simply a method of cutting down one’s opponent. He also continually makes the point that the understandings expressed in the book are important for combat on any scale, whether a one-on-one duel or a massive battle. Descriptions of principles are often followed by admonitions to “investigate this thoroughly” through practice rather than trying to learn them by merely reading.

Musashi describes and advocates a two-sword fencing style (nitōjutsu): that is, wielding both katana and wakizashi, contrary to the more traditional method of wielding the katana two-handed. However, he only explicitly describes wielding two swords in a section on fighting against many adversaries. The stories of his many duels rarely refer to Musashi himself wielding two swords, although, since they are mostly oral traditions, their details may be inaccurate. Musashi states within the volume that one should train with a long sword in each hand, thereby training the body and improving one’s ability to use two blades simultaneously.

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Introduction – 0:16

The Ground Book – 2:51
The Water Book – 27:49

The Fire Book – 57:16

The Wind (Tradition) Book – 1:28:10

The Book of the Void – 1:49:16
The Book of Five Rings was written nearly 400 years ago in Japan, and is about swordsmanship and strategy. Due to it's subject matter it's difficult to draw lessons and parallels to the modern world without taking quite an abstract view of the author's meaning, however there is an underlying philosophy running through it, and it's an important work which is still read today in Japan and a few people had requested it so I thought I'd do a recording. Listen to it with an open mind and share what you took from it in the comments below.

Ton Lok says:

They need to create a Miyamoto Musashi game to incorporation all the rules of the Five Rings

Ton Lok says:

I love the way he dismisses inferior strategies so not to get caught up wasting time with things that are frivolous

Ton Lok says:

Michael Jordan did this without knowing about Musashi that's a natural for you

Ton Lok says:

The Art of War is for manipulators the book of five rings is strictly for warriors

Ton Lok says:

Kobe got five rings yeah I said it

You Are Magic says:

Best thing I learnt from this book is this: You must research this.

ShhBlaze says:

"Conquer men with your body."
-Miyamoto Musashi

Dat says:

After completing this audio, I received my research certificated from Musashi

KushtrimRe says:

Everything in this book must be researched well, and you must appreciate it. You must study this book well.

JeiDee says:

"To stab at the face: To stab at the face means when you are in confrontation with the enemy that your spirit is intent on stabbing at his face" – Miyamoto Musashi

GT says:

If Musashi played LoL he would be a challenger Yasuo

Jorgumander World Serpent says:

I genuinely laughed out loud when he ripped on people pretending like growing flowers is a warrior’s way! Haha

Abu Dabu says:

"Anime shall be the downfall of our great nation. As it will attract in abundance, the lesser minded, slave mentality of foreigner's to our cultured lands, that will dilute our culture to pure mediocrity, in the 'information age' yet to come". Miyamoto Musashi.

Rob Walsh says:

23:08
"You should not have a favorite weapon. To become overfamiliar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well."
When I read this book as a kid, this bit stuck out to me. The idea of not just relying on one skill or one discipline, but going out and learning many really hit home.

Mahboob Ahmed says:

Really love you delivery , pace , tone and Chi , can listen to you all day whether this or Marcus Aurelius or Epicetetus

Demon Hunter says:

Buttocks jutting out

Eric Walker says:

I guess it doesn’t matter not very many take life seriously anymore. Always joking around I feel sorry for women of today. No real men out there anymore! That’s why the women are taking control. Got to show these boys how to be the men they want to have around.

arajoaina says:

He says using long swords are not too good. But he used a extra long boat paddle to defeat Kojiro’s long sword.

arajoaina says:

What a asshole who tried to philosophize killing people with sword

Mick Wehrman says:

"Cum" -Miyamoto Masashi

ً says:

Imagine Kojiro meet Musashi somewhere in the underworld.

Kojiro: Hey, remember that time where you bash my face in with a paddle? Good time.

Scott Scotsman says:

when you are invincible you will win
– Miyamoto Musashi

Pfft As If says:

Never stray from the way.

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