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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    John Stevens, renowned Zen priest, translator, and Aikido instru

    John Stevens, renowned Zen priest, translator, and Aikido instructor, presents us with an international perspective on this martial art. The Philosophy of Aikido includes a concise overview of this practice’s context and foundational beliefs system. To convey the broad influence of aikido’s spirituality, Stevens masterfully interweaves Aikido’s place in both Eastern and Western cultures along with its function in the ancient and modern worlds. Stevens breaks this book into two parts: Part I: Theory deals with the principals of Aikido and their relationship with Western thought, world religions, and science (chapters include: Essential Principals; Aikido, Nature, and Health; Aikido as Tantra; Aikido and Art; Aikido and Global Society). Part II is a photographic rendering of Aikido in action in addition to woodblock prints and calligraphy.

    Stevens’ book is an essential educational tool concerning the harmony, inner strength, and peace inherent in Aikido. This book has been integral in my own spiritual journey, and I highly recommend it for those interested in Aikido or comparative religion. 

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    Every serious student of Aikido should read this. A deeper under

    Every serious student of Aikido should read this. A deeper understanding of the philosophy is needed to truly practice well. Plus it is a more satisfying way to practice.

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