The Art of Peace (Shambhala Pocket Classics) Paperback – 1 Apr 1993
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"This small, elegant book is filled with the wisdom and artistry of a great man. This collection of Morihei Ueshiba's sayings and poetry resonates with deep meaning, making this a gem of a book. The book itself is of very high quality--compact and well-bound, with clear print and beautifully reproduced images of Ueshiba's calligraphy. A CD of the book, read in a clear, calm voice, is also a very nice inclusion. It is an important collection for the reflective artist, and practically applicable to those intent on living a grounded, sensitive life."--"Journal of Asian Martial Arts"
This small, elegant book is filled with the wisdom and artistry of a great man. This collection of Morihei Ueshiba s sayings and poetry resonates with deep meaning, making this a gem of a book. The book itself is of very high quality compact and well-bound, with clear print and beautifully reproduced images of Ueshiba s calligraphy. A CD of the book, read in a clear, calm voice, is also a very nice inclusion. It is an important collection for the reflective artist, and practically applicable to those intent on living a grounded, sensitive life. "Journal of Asian Martial Arts""
About the Author
Morihei Ueshiba (18831969) 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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He was a man totally in control of his life and destiny and this book is full of quotes and short poems that he based his life upon. Instead of teaching you how to deliver fast and deadly kicks, Morihei Ueshiba believed that if you trained enough, were confident in yourself, and were in tune with your suroundings, then you can take on anybody.
This is a book for anybody, you do not have to practice aikido, or any style of martial art for that matter, it is a book explaining Morihei Ueshiba goverend his life and how he believed everybody should live theirs.
If you're the kind of person who buys those 'inspirational quote' transfers for the kitchen wall, you'll probably love it.
*ETA: I read recently that he was actually a great advocate of Japanese Imperialism and expansionism in the 30s & 40s - so there you go, peace guy...
Some of the text may seem cryptic, others like poetry, but it's meant to be thought about and meditated on.
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When I bought "the book of five rings" which is amazing by the way this book popped up in my recommended list, so I did some research on Morihei Ueshiba and it turns out... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Essential book to have, especially if you are training AikidoPublished 1 month ago by tolsta marvin
I didn't realize that it is not a pocket size but a palm size bookPublished 2 months ago by Tuuli S.
The person who the book was bought for is still reading it. I have heard no complains so far.Published 4 months ago by Simon Green
False advertising. Book contains no calligraphy, does not come with an audio cd, and is poorly constructed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elliott Gilhooly
This is a lovely little book containing lots of wonderful quotes and writings, often have a read before bed and always relaxes me.Published 6 months ago by David