Shoninki: The Secret Teachings of the Ninja
The 17th-Century Manual on the Art of Concealment
Master Natori Masazumi
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The ninja, experts in disguise, infiltration, espionage, and counterintelligence, were trained in secret schools that relied on only a few books, which were written in code. The Shoninki, written in 1681, is one of the most important of these coded manuals, presenting all facets of the art of concealment, espionage, and physical prowess, including methods of disguise and survival techniques. This classic text also contains teachings on meditation, psychic powers, the art of face reading, controlling the emotions, and magic spells. It confirms the path of the ninja as an authentic spiritual discipline, a way of self-realization and detachment.