William Scott Wilson

William Scott Wilson is the foremost translator into English of traditional Japanese texts on samurai culture. He received BA degrees from Dartmouth College and the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, and an MA in Japanese literary studies from the University of Washington. His best-selling books include The Book of Five Rings, The Unfettered Mind, and The Lone Samurai, a biography of Miyamoto Musashi.

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ARTICLES

Tao Te Ching: A Reader’s Guide to the Great Taoist Classic

Legend has it that around the sixth century BCE, during the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China, a wise and venerable philosopher found himself so distraught over the chaos and social upheaval of his time that he decided to flee across the western border of China (into what...
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Readers’ Picks

In thinking about year-end gifts, we want to share what YOU have to say. Below are some lovely quotations from readers on their favorite Shambhala books. Do you have one to add? Please comment at the bottom! “This book showed me a different way, a...
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My Journey on Japan’s Kiso Road

Brad Andrews describes his travels to the Kiso Road in Japan inspired by William Scott Wilson’s Walking the Kiso Road. In early April of this year I made a solo trip from Brooklyn, NY, where I live, to Japan. It was my first trip to the East, and one I had contemplated for years before...
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Samurai and Japanese Culture Reader’s Guide: The Works of Master Translator and Author William Scott Wilson

One of the greatest joys for me as an editor at Shambhala Publications is when I work on books by people I have long admired. This was most definitely the case when Shambhala had the good fortune to become William Scott Wilson’s publisher several years ago. I first encountered his work when I...
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