The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido

The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido

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by William Gleason
     
 

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Morihei Ueshiba, who founded Aikido early in this century, intended that his martial art would give form to profound spiritual truth, and lead to a unification of the world's peoples. He saw Aikido not as a fighting method or as a competitive sport but rather as a means of becoming one with the laws of universal order—ki, or life energy. Unfortunately,

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Morihei Ueshiba, who founded Aikido early in this century, intended that his martial art would give form to profound spiritual truth, and lead to a unification of the world's peoples. He saw Aikido not as a fighting method or as a competitive sport but rather as a means of becoming one with the laws of universal order—ki, or life energy. Unfortunately, the subtleties of Ueshiba's teachings, veiled in the esoteric terminology of Shinto, can be puzzling for even the most advanced practitioners. They are not passed down today, and have never been introduced to the West. Gleason, a fifth-degree (Godan) black belt in Aikido, recognizing the importance of the spiritual aspects of the discipline, researched its roots in Shinto, and in this book is able to offer a clear explanation of Ueshiba's teachings.

• Unlike the common "how-to" manuals on basic technique, this is the first book to introduce the underlying spiritual principles of Aikido—the elusive concept of kototama (word souls), expressed as one spirit, four souls, three origins, and eight powers—and how they relate to the forms.

• Teaches the student how to use Aikido to accomplish spiritual goals.

• Reveals little-known teachings of Shinto and Aikido, relating them to Buddhism, Christianity, and other spiritual teachings.

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"If interested in a serious exploration of Japanese religion, the practice of Zen, or aikido history, this title could serve well. It thoroughly explains the basic philosophical concepts behind this martial art and the components of Shinto and Zen."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892815081
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
990,257
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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"If interested in a serious exploration of Japanese religion, the practice of Zen, or aikido history, this title could serve well. It thoroughly explains the basic philosophical concepts behind this martial art and the components of Shinto and Zen."

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William Gleason has studied aikido and Japanese medicine and philosophy for more than two decades, including ten years’ study in Japan. The director of Shobu Aikido of Boston, Massachusetts, he also has translated books by George Ohsawa and Mitsugi Saotome.

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Spiritual Foundations of Aikido 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT AIKIDO IS NOT ONLY PHYSICAL TRAINING.THE SPIRITUAL PART IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR ME.MR.GLEASON ALSO FOCUSES ON THE SECRETS OF JAPANESE WORDS.MOREOVER THE BOOK CONTAINS MR.GLEASONS AIKIDO EXPERIENCES.