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.
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One Of The Few Books Ive Read Over The Past 20 Years.
I found this book in the mid 90s when I was dealing with a lot of issues with depression and anxiety and it spoke to me. It still speaks to me. It is spiritual, not religous or dogmatic, and fluid. It does not endore or discount any teaching. As a Christian I've found it helpful for my own faith by allowing me to see that all things do eminate from One Source and returning to that One Source is the Art of Peace. I would give this book 100 out of 5 stars if possible.