The Philosophy of Aikido

The Philosophy of Aikido

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by John Stevens
     
 

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At last, a clear and insightful look at the system of beliefs that is

the basis for the practice of Aikido. The Philosophy of Aikido is an

invaluable guide for practitioners-whether beginning or advanced-wishing to know more about the context in which Aikido was developed and Aikido's implications for the world today.

Some of the ideas discussed are

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At last, a clear and insightful look at the system of beliefs that is

the basis for the practice of Aikido. The Philosophy of Aikido is an

invaluable guide for practitioners-whether beginning or advanced-wishing to know more about the context in which Aikido was developed and Aikido's implications for the world today.

Some of the ideas discussed are:

    •the relation of Aikido to such Asian traditions as Shinto, Shingon Buddhism, Omotokyo esotericism,

    Taoist mysticism, and Tantra

    •points of correspondence between Aikido and Western philosophical and religious systems-Greek philosophy, Christianity, Kabbalah, alchemy, and modern scientific theories

    •links between Aikido and art

    •ways that Aikido thought can be used to advance the causes of such urgent issues as health and healing,

    conflict resolution and environmental responsibility

The Philosophy of Aikido will be of vital interest to all those who

are drawn to a dynamic philosophy centered on harmony, peace, and spiritual strength. The book includes 70 black-and-white illustrations of woodblock prints, calligraphy, and photographs from the author's

extensive collection.

John Stevens lived in Japan for thirty-five years, where he was a

professor of Buddhist studies at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai.

Stevens is a widely respected translator, an ordained Buddhist priest, a curator of several major exhibitions of Zen art, and an aikido instructor. He has authored more than thirty books and is one of the foremost Western experts on aikido, holding a ranking of 7th dan Aikikai. Stevens has also studied calligraphy for decades, authoring the classic Sacred Calligraphy of the East. Other John Stevens titles that are likely to be of interest include Extraordinary Zen Masters and The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626549937
Publisher:
Echo Point Books & Media
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Pages:
132
Sales rank:
509,301
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

John Stevens lived in Japan for thirty-five years, where he was a professor of Buddhist studies at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai. Stevens is a widely respected translator, an ordained Buddhist priest, a curator of several major exhibitions of Zen art, and an aikido instructor. He has authored more than thirty books and is one of the foremost Western experts on aikido, holding a ranking of 7th dan Aikikai. Stevens has also studied calligraphy for decades, authoring the classic Sacred Calligraphy of the East. Other John Stevens titles that are likely to be of interest include Extraordinary Zen Masters and The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Big_Reader18 More than 1 year ago
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.