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Art of Peace: Mass
Art of Peace: Mass
by Morihei Ueshiba
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.75

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspiring, 7 July 2009
This book, much like the Tao Teh Ching offers a brief, poetic and profound verse on each page to be meditated on. In times of confusion and doubt, this book has proven to be a source of inspiration and encouragement for me. You don't need to be a student of Aikido or the martial arts at all to gain from this book.


Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom
Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom
by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joyful reading, 12 May 2009
This is a great follow on from Rinpoche's first book, the Joy of living. The first sections of the book cover much of the same stuff as the first, such as neurology, emotions and the sciencey stuff. However, the real cream of the book lies in the techinques for object/objectless meditation and how to befriend those overwhelming negative thoughts, emotions and habits. Rinpoche draws on his own experience with panick attacks. All in all the two books are in a very similar vein, but this one really expands on the ideas and techniques from the first book, with a few new bits. Well worth getting.


Mycelium Running: A Guide to Healing the Planet through Gardening with Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms
Mycelium Running: A Guide to Healing the Planet through Gardening with Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms
by Paul Stamets
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.12

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not mushroom for criticisism, 4 May 2009
This book is great, written with style humour and charm. Jam-packed with info on many different species and strains of fungi, including sections on the culinary and medicinal values of each. The book also covers subjects such as mycorestoration, mycoforestry and mycopesticides. There is also good advice and info on cultivating mushrooms yourself and how to simulate the natural environment in which the species are naturally found. The book also covers some of the basics, such as life cycles and basic biology. An absolute must for mycologists or anyone interested in how mushrooms can benefit humanity.


Tao Teh Ching (Shambhala Classics)
Tao Teh Ching (Shambhala Classics)
by Lao Tzu
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.50

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It deserves more than 5 stars, 25 April 2009
Such an important book, probably one of the most important ever written. Each page yields a poetic and simple spoonful of philosophy for the consciousness. Quite simply wonderful, but not to be taken lightly.


Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire
Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire
by Lama Yeshe
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New to tantra? - get this book, 14 April 2009
This is a fantastic introduction to the science and phillosophy of tantra. I can't over state how clearly and generally well written this book is. It covers the nature of human desire describes how it can be transformed into awakening, instead of trapping us in a cycle of thirsting for more and more without any real satisfaction. I particularly appreciated the section on deity yoga. Good stuff.


A Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols
A Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols
by Robert Beer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.67

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very usefull for dharma practice and visualisation, 10 Feb. 2009
A very expansive book, covering vast swathes of Tibetan Buddhist imagery and symbolism. Detailed descriptions and clear images of the symbols and implements used in dharma practice are found throughout the book. My only critisism would be that there is no index, which can make it tricky if there is something specific you are looking for. However, the auther does mention this in the introduction, as he didn't have time to complete it. Overall, very good, especially if you find the visualisation tricky in practice or are unsure what certain things represent.


The Philosophy of Aikido
The Philosophy of Aikido
by John Stevens
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stevens does it again, 13 Nov. 2008
Another book for those who are interested in non-technical aspect of the art. Great to read in conjunction with The spiritual teachings of aikido and The secret tachings of aikido. This book will show the reader how aikido is so much more than something you perform in the dojo, that it is in fact a way of living.


Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba
Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba
by Morihei Ueshiba
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A good'n, 13 Nov. 2008
This is a great book for getting a glimpse into the slightly more esoteric side of the art. It's not as thorough as The Secret Teachings of Aikido, but it's a good stepping stone as the reader will be introduced to the sometimes confusing intellectual side of aikido.


Aikido Weapons Techniques
Aikido Weapons Techniques
by Lynn Seiser
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.13

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get it, 13 Nov. 2008
Wicked. Clear photo's and easy to understand descriptions of the techniques. I don't often rate books on martial arts techniques as nothing comes close to learning 'in real life', but this is by far one of the better ones. If you are into you aikido weapons training, get it.


Secret Teachings of Aikido
Secret Teachings of Aikido
by Morihei Ueshiba
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars aikimikey, 13 Nov. 2008
Quite simply a wonderful book. Not at all focused on the techinical aspect of aikido, but that's what you go to the dojo for. This is a book covering the philosophical and spiritual dimensions of aikido, as written by the founder, Morihei Ueshiba. The book gives insight into beautiful yet sometimes complex thoughts and views of the founder and his ideals and reasons for developing the art. Therfore this book will be exteremly helpful for anyone seeking to descover the non-practical side of aikido and spiritual development through the art. Ueshiba himself said that aikido is more than just a series of techniques and that there is indeed an important philisophical aspect as well which is often over looked, however this is necessary to complete the yin-yang concept which the art encompases. To read this book is to delve into spiritual side of aikido, which O Sensei beleived was every bit as essential as what you learn on the mat.


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