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4: LET’S FIGHT- SUN-TZU, SAMURAIS, AND MARTIAL ARTS

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  • East Asian Philosophies have often been tied to martial and military arts. Many Buddhist monks and monasteries practice some form of martial arts (Tai Chi qualifies as a martial art) and the Samurai Code (Bushido) in Japan borrows heavily from all of Japan’s various philosophical influences. Sun-Tzu authored what was perhaps the first book on war and it still read regularly today by military strategists. While these philosophies are tied with non-martial ones, they can stand on their own.

    • 4.1: The Art of War (I)
    • 4.2: The Art of War (II)
    • 4.3: Bushido
      Bushido ("the way (or the moral) of the warrior") is a Japanese term for the samurai way of life, loosely analogous to the concept of chivalry in Europe. The "way" itself originates from the samurai moral values, most commonly stressing some combination of frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery, and honor until death. Born from Neo-Confucianism during times of peace in Tokugawa Japan and following Confucian texts, Bushido was also influenced by Shinto and Zen Buddhism.
    • 4.4: Kung-Fu and Buddhism
    • 4.5: Philosophy of the Martial Arts

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