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The Art of Peace

Teachings of the Founder of Aikido
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

The inspirational teachings in this collection show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. The teachings are drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art of Aikido, a mind-body discipline he called the "Art of Peace", which offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict. Ueshiba believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the challenges we face in life - in personal relationships, as we interact with society, and at work and in business.

This edition is a much-expanded version of the original miniature edition that appeared in the Shambhala Pocket Classics series. It features a wealth of new material, including a biography of Ueshiba; an essay by John Stevens that presents Ueshiba's views on "The Art of War versus the Art of Peace"; newly translated doka, didactic "Poems of the Way"; and Ueshiba's own calligraphies.

©2002 John Stevens (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Inspirational

A great read that is full of wisdom. I'm glad I read it. Now I'm going to read it again.

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Good but heavy on the spiritual mumbo-jumbo.

I decided to go with the Audio book as it had a few extra chapters, like the life of the founder and the comparison between Ueshiba's Art of Peace to its counterpart - Art of War. Unfortunately the comparison chapter seemed very lackluster I was expecting direct differences, why Art of War is incorrect both practically and spiritually as well as why Art of Peace is the best option, other than the spiritual mumbo-jumbo being: Art of Peace is the Universe.

I do enjoy some spiritual stuff but this is very heavy on it for a new-comer. But the early chapters on Morihei Ueshiba's life was very enjoyable as well as some of the actual "Art of Peace" quotes etc were enjoyable, again some need to be taken with a pinch of salt unless you really want to buy into the universe is inside us vibe.

Other than that though, enjoyable and somewhat eye-opening.

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