Way of the Samurai Warrior

  • Posted 10.09.07
  • NOVA

The samurai bible is an 18th-century book known as The Hagakure (Behind the Leaves). Scholars believe that a samurai-turned-Zen-monk named Yamamoto Tsunetomo dictated its contents to a disciple, who later compiled his teacher's sayings into 11 volumes. Here, savor words of wisdom from this honored tome, which enshrines the samurai's code of conduct—and has lessons for us today.

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Capture the essence of the Japanese samurai code of honor, from choosing life over death to stifling a yawn.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Secrets of the Samurai Sword.



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