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The Art of Peace
The real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. So taught the great Morihei Ueshiba (1883â��1969), founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Aikido is a disciple Ueshiba called the â��Art of Peace.â�� It offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict, and he believed that Aikido principles could be applied to...more
For those of you that have never heard of aikido, do not be turned off so quickly. This book reads like short reminders of for better living. If you have more time, explore his words more carefully and you might discover a universe of questions that arise from his words.
Morihei Ueshiba was ahead of his time in preparing for a crowded, difficult world and his philosophy is extremely refined, non-dogmatic zen buddhism. Unfortunately his legacy has been held to an almost radical traditionalism regarding his teachings through the practice of the art of Aikido. Fortunately, his words transcend the quasi-militarism of the modern "martial arts" describing a state of as near perfection for an individual's potential being as possible.
One of the few books that deserves...more
Ueshiba is the founder of Aikidō, a martial art that was derived in part from Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, but which is distinct from that art in many ways. (e.g. the...more
The Art of Peace is a three part book. The first part is a brief history of Ueshiba and his life and spiritual formation. Then they discuss his beliefs, and the third part is the art of peace itself, a collection of sayings and brief five-line haiku (tanka?) The kindle version also packs in 3 chapters of another book on Budo.
The first part is the most interesting. Ueshiba comes across as almost a Christ-like...more
As soon as you concern yourself with the "good" and "bad" of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you.
The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.
Through the virtue of training, Enlighten both body and soul.
A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind. (lol)
Each day of human life contains joy and...more
All in all, the content itself can sometimes be interesting, special if wanting to know a bit more about Morihei Ueshiba's mentality, but it's mostly pretty ambiguous or esoteric, and John Stevens seems to have taken qui...more
The book should be interesting for all people, not especially interested in Aikido. I wasn't, I'm still not interested, but the book is worth reading for sure.
I read a page and then stared off into the distance looking intelligent for a while :)
I'm not engaged in the matrial art Akaido which this book is closely related to, but it put an perspective on some subjects.