The Art of Peace

The Art of Peace

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by John Stevens, Morihei Ueshiba
     
 

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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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834821682
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Series:
Shambhala Publications
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
32,032
File size:
2 MB

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The
Art of Peace

The
Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the
Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be
trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other
purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your inner
enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all
that you encounter.

§

One
does not need buildings, money, power or status to practice the Art of Peace.
Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.

§

All
things, material and spiritual, originate from one source and are related as if
they were one family. The past, present, and future are all contained in the
life force. The universe emerged and developed from one source, and we evolved
through the optimal process of unification and harmonization.

§

The
Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder in the
world because people have forgotten that all things emanate from one source.
Return to that source and leave behind all self-centered thoughts, petty
desires, and anger. Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.

§

If
you have not

Linked
yourself

To
true emptiness,

You
will never understand

The
Art of Peace.

§

The
Art of Peace functions everywhere on earth, in realms ranging from the vastness
of space down to the tiniest of plants and animals. The life force is
all-pervasive and its strength boundless. The Art of Peace allows us to
perceive and tap into that tremendous reserve of universal energy.



Meet the Author

John Stevens is Professor of Buddhist Studies and Aikido instructor at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, Japan. He is the author or translator of over twenty books on Buddhism, Zen, Aikido, and Asian culture. He has practiced and taught Aikido all over the world.

Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969) was the founder of Aikido. At age eighteen, Ueshiba joined the Japanese military, during which time he also developed his skills in the martial arts. He eventually left the military, deeply discouraged by the death and destruction that results from combat. Ueshiba continued to experiment with a variety of martial arts, finding particular joy in the spiritual aspects of martial arts. He came to believe that a real warrior was one who was rooted in love, and it was in this spirit that he began to develop Aikido, a martial art that emphasizes harmony and the peaceful resolution of conflict.

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The Art of Peace 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With clarity and profundity, John Stevens writes a wonderful distillation of the essence of aikido, which is a title of one of hos other magnificent larger books on Morihei Ueshiba
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reading.
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FaceMan More than 1 year ago
Excellent book by Morihei Ueshiba. Good writing and very understandable. A nice little Buddhist bible to carry, read, and reference always. Once one reads this, then one should read Invincible Warrior by the aforesaid author.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, not just for Aikido practitioners but also for those, like myself, who are interested in the rich world of martial arts. It seems named to off-set Sun Tsu's book 'the Art of War', but that could just be a coincidense. These are the thoughts of the founder of Aikido, a very fascinating read of a legend's philosophy. Thins but deep book, built around pacifist ideoloy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what Aikido was when I picked up this book, I was and am still no kind of scholar, and I had no intention of getting this book when I went to the store, but this book has opened my mind to so many things and has become one of my most cherished items. Read it and become peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't expect a big book with a lot of pages, be aware that this is a small book (Inches: 0.41 x 4.50 x 3.06). However, it contains the inspirational teachings of Morihei Ueshiba, showing how the way of the warrior must be: a way of compassion, fearlessness, love and wisdom. This book is recommended for everyone, but it's essential for those who want to practice Aikido, not as an Art of War, but as an Art of Peace. Also read 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life' by Taro Gold. Excellent.