Enlightenment Through Aikido

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Enlightenment through Aikido focuses on Aikido's spiritual teachings, drawing on Sunadomari's experiences as a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba. Quotes from the founder and the author's interpretations show how Aikido can develop inner strength and tranquility. This book is an excellent companion for those practitioners who aspire to go beyond the physical in their journey along the path of Aikido.
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Overview

Enlightenment through Aikido focuses on Aikido's spiritual teachings, drawing on Sunadomari's experiences as a direct student of Morihei Ueshiba. Quotes from the founder and the author's interpretations show how Aikido can develop inner strength and tranquility. This book is an excellent companion for those practitioners who aspire to go beyond the physical in their journey along the path of Aikido.
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"Aiki is love. It is the path that brings our hearts into oneness with the spirit of the universe to complete our mission in life by instilling in us a love and reverence for all of nature."- Moihei Ueshiba, the Founder of Aikido
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556434877
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Pages: 165
  • Sales rank: 1,368,396
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kanshu Sunadomari was a live-in student in his teens of the Founder of Aikido, just prior to World War II. After the war, he was one of the first people to begin teaching the art of Aikido, and in 1961 he received the rank of 9th dan directly from the Founder. After his teacher's passing, Sunadomari formed an independent organization to study the spiritual teachings of Aikido. In 1999, he named his practice Aiki Manseido Aikido, symbolizing his dedication to disseminating the Founder's philosophy to future generations and developing the art as a way to help bring about world peace.
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Table of Contents

"The Spirit of Aiki Manseido" calligraphy X
"The Spirit of Aiki Manseido" XI
Translator's Note XVII
Foreword xix
Preface xxiii
My Mission 1
To the People Whom I Have Had the Pleasure of Meeting on This Path 7
Finding the Way 11
One's Own Mission 15
Taking Hostility from Our Hearts 19
What Is Takemusu Aiki? 23
The Mission of Takemusu Aiki 29
A Path for the New Millennium 33
Each and Every One of Us Is the Savior 39
The Spirit of Heaven and Earth 45
Present Heart and Mind 49
The Path to the Pinnacle 53
The Last Five Minutes 57
Where Are You Now? 61
Our Sole Possession 67
The Grand Drama of Life 71
Understanding Gratitude 75
A World of Differing Viewpoints: Seeing, Hearing, and Interpreting 79
The Spirit of the Universe 83
In the Flash of an Instant 87
What Is Shugyo? 91
The Fulfillment of One's Mission 95
Ups and Downs 99
Remembering Our Beginnings 103
Given the Gift of Life 107
The Meaning of Strength I 111
The Meaning of Strength II 117
The Spirit of Aiki Manseido 123
The Power of Aiki I 127
The Power of Aiki II 133
Gifts Bestowed upon Us 139
On the Occasion of Manseikan Aikido's 45th Anniversary 143
Fifty Years Later, Reflecting on the Start of a New Century 147
Furimiru I 151
Furimiru II 155
Closing 161
Aiki Manseido Information 165
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