Resources on Mushin-no-shin (the Mind of No Mind)

In the desire to improve in kendo and free the mind from limiting thoughts, I enjoy the practice of developing the mind and heart.  Here’s a compilation of some resources (below) in English on the subject of mushin-no-shin 無心の心 (the mind of no mind) or, in short, mushin 無心 (no mind) categorized by:

  • Mushin in General:
    • Books on Mushin – Openly Available On-line
    • Additional Books on Mushin
    • General Articles on Mushin
  • Mushin for Particular Arts and Sports:
    • Articles on Mushin in Kendo
    • Articles on Mushin in Budo and Related Arts
    • Articles on Mushin in Sports
  • On Potential Ways to Shift into Mushin
  • Quotes on Mushin
  • Related Articles on “We are Not Our Thoughts”

Among them, the book entitled The Unfettered Mind (below) by the Zen Buddhist priest Takuan Soho seems particularly comprehensive and illuminating.

Float more.  Steer less.  – John H. Styn


Mushin in General

  • Additional Books on Mushin
    • Joe Hyams, Zen in the Martial Arts, Bantam, 1982.
      • The chapter “Mushin: Let Your Mind Flow” on pp. 81-88.
    • Some more books which I have not read:
      • Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, Christmas Humphreys, The Zen Doctrine of No Mind, 1991.
      • Ernst Vaughn, Arnold and W. Dan Hausel, Mushin:  A Right-Brain State of Awareness that is the Artist within the Martial Artist, 2015.
      • Michael Veltri, The Mushin Way to Peak Performance: The Path to Productivity, Balance, and Success, Wiley, 2017.
      • Manaka Unsui, Robert R. Gray, Kakusei-mushin:  A Research Study on the Ideal Mental State in Martial Arts, 2017.
      • Kanthrisa and Ramakrishna A V, Notes of Mushin, 2015.

Mushin for Particular Arts and Sports


On Potential Ways to Shift into Mushin


Quotes on Mushin


Related Articles on “We are Not Our Thoughts”

 

 

 

 

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