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The Art of Peace (Shambhala Pocket Classics) Paperback – 1 Apr 1993

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (1 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877738513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877738510
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 11.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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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 (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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Anyone can find this book useful, and it fits in your pocket. It's not that hard to get in touch with what all the quotes are about. I wouldn't take it any of it too religiously, because of what one of the quotes of the book says: sincerity, one of the highest virtues. Sincerity means being sincere, true to yourself. And another quote, about there being many ways to the top of the mountain, but only one top. Ueshiba's was only one of the myriad ways.

I've read Edgar Cayce's works, or Kevin J. Todeschi who wrote on his behalf, and practised tai chi, meditation and dwelled into plain real spirituality. This is a very useful book for anyone who wants to improve their own life, it gives you very simple tools for that. Best you can get for such a small price. Basic guidance, for anything. I use it to get along better in the dating scene, it works there too.

Get it, you won't regret it.
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great little pearls of wisdom. Have read it a few times now
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Read it and you will understand.peace ✌
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Morgan recommended I read this book while he had me locked in a basement.
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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 he's just as interesting as Miyamoto Musashi and so I bought the book "the art of peace" and it really opens you're eyes to the world, nature and the universe. I highly recommend this book to anyone who study's martial arts or not.
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Beautiful and sharply focused
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Short sayings by Morei Ueshiba. A perfect book for looking up the quote of the day. Very useful for friendly warriors and all kinds of peace-makers.
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Wisdom can so easily seem like platitudes - because after all, the wise thing is often obvious - particularly if the individual personality of the wise person fails to come through. So whilst I don't necessarily disagree with this, it isn't telling me anything I didn't already know. If you've seen a few Kung Fu films you could probably write it yourself. Possibly it is not a fair reflection of Ueshiba*, who did not compile the book, but I get the impression of somebody who has an unrealistically big idea of himself.

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...
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