The Art of War—Spirituality for Conflict: Annotated & Explained

A poetic and potent treatise on strategy still internationally in use in military training. Yet its principles transcend warfare and have practical applications to all the conflicts and crises we face—in our workplaces, our families, even within ourselves.

Sun Tzu
Annotation by Thomas Huynh
Translation by Thomas Huynh and the Editors at
Foreword by Marc Benioff
Preface by Thomas Cleary

5½ x 8½, 256 pp | 978-1-59473-244-7

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Discover the spiritually incisive strategies for peacefully resolving conflict
in this masterpiece of military strategy.

Written 2,500 years ago by Chinese general Sun Tzu, The Art of War is a poetic and potent treatise on military strategy still in use in war colleges around the world. Yet its principles transcend warfare and have practical applications to all the conflicts and crises we face in our lives—in our workplaces, our families, even within ourselves.

Thomas Huynh guides you through Sun Tzu's masterwork, highlighting principles that encourage a perceptive and spiritual approach to conflict, enabling you to:

  • Prevent conflicts before they arise
  • Peacefully and quickly resolve conflicts when they do arise
  • Act with courage, intelligence and benevolence in adversarial situations
  • Convert potential enemies into friends
  • Control your emotions before they control you

Now you can experience the effectiveness of Sun Tzu's teachings even if you have no previous knowledge of The Art of War. Insightful yet unobtrusive facing-page commentary explains the subtleties of the text, allowing you to unlock the power of its teachings and help prevent and resolve the conflicts in your own life.

“Instructs us in patience, flexibility, resolve, discernment, skillful means, compassion—powerfully effective [strategies] in all our relationships, business and spiritual life. Heartily recommended to all leaders and to anyone seeking peace, deep understanding and reconciliation.”

Lama Surya Das, author, Awakening the Buddha Within

“Insightful.... Check it out.”

Businessweek Blog

“Practical and pragmatic guidance with brilliant insights into the text. Provides clear evidence, and a robust example, that Sun Tzu’s wisdom lineage lives on today.”

James Gimian, publisher, Shambhala Sun, director, Denma Translation Group, The Art of War: The Denma Translation

“Approachable and readable ... should take its place alongside the classic [translations].... A good addition to any library.”

Defense and the National Interest Blog

“A masterpiece.... Gives readers practical insight into the highly relevant work of Sun Tzu as it relates to peace, conflict resolution and personal growth. Clear guidance from an ancient philosopher and warrior.”

Angie Morgan & Courtney Lynch, former captains, U.S. Marine Corps, and authors, Leading from the Front

“Restore[s] Sun’s place among spiritual classics of the East with this fresh, new annotated translation of a timely and perennially popular classic for a nonscholarly audience.”

Library Journal

“Engaging commentaries and clear explanations.... Captures the essence of Sun Tzu’s teachings and demonstrates how [this] ancient wisdom can be applied in the modern world to achieve powerful results.”

Derek Lin, author, Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained

Foreword by Marc Benioff ix
Preface by Thomas Cleary xv
Introduction xxiii
A Note on the Translation xxxvii
1. Calculations 3
2. Doing Battle 17
3. Planning Attacks 29
4. Formation 47
5. Force 57
6. Weakness and Strength 67
7. Armed Struggle 83
8. Nine Changes 99
9. Army Maneuvers 111
10. Ground Formation 131
11. Nine Grounds 149
12. Fire Attacks 179
13. Using Spies 189
Acknowledgments 201
Notes 205
Suggestions for Further Reading 209