The Art of Peace

Teachings of the Founder of Aikido
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The inspirational teachings in this collection show that the real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. The teachings are drawn from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular Japanese martial art of Aikido, a mind-body discipline he called the "Art of Peace", which offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict. Ueshiba believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the challenges we face in life - in personal relationships, as we interact with society, and at work and in business.

This edition is a much-expanded version of the original miniature edition that appeared in the Shambhala Pocket Classics series. It features a wealth of new material, including a biography of Ueshiba; an essay by John Stevens that presents Ueshiba's views on "The Art of War versus the Art of Peace"; newly translated doka, didactic "Poems of the Way"; and Ueshiba's own calligraphies.

©2002 John Stevens (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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the one with the heart will know

easy to listen and enough thought to last a life time. a good book for the mind

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Highly recommended!

If you are at conflict with yourself on trying to be a warrior,but not filled with rage and anger. This book is very enlightening and helps you understand the way to pushing beyond that conflicting ideology.

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  • jg
  • 07-03-19

Good intentions

The overall mood and message of the book is very positive; yet, the ideas are conveyed very non-specifically. For example "pay respect to all 8 directions of the earth". What is this supposed to mean? (sure, N, S, E, W, SE, SW, NE, NW..., but how do you "pay respects" to a cardinal direction? Reflect upon it? In what way? Send good intentions?). The book is FULL of vague directives/instructions/recommendations. I typically am quite good at finding <<meaning>> in places ( knowledge, sentences. discourse) where most remain puzzled and lost. The book DOES contain many sentences that are quite clear and the story of Aikido and it's founder is quite interesting but I think the book as a whole will be not easily fully grasped my most people.

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Uff...

A collection of cultish New-Age spiritual nonsense quotes which carry little-to-no meaning. Sounds like Mr. Morihei led a very interesting life, but I'm not quite sure how a martial art could be based on his cliche and self-important musings about peace, love, and the universe.

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Peace is not an accident. Peace is a choice.

The most far-seeing warrior resolves conflict before harm even becomes an option.
The most far-seeing healer resolves imbalances before the slightest evidence of symptoms.

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Required Reading

This should be on every person's book list. Whether relatable or not, it is material that should be experienced. I recommend to every kind of reader.

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Fantastic

it felt like a great translation and a very wonderful book thank you. I will probably listen to it again and again.

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Not a bad book

I read it, due to my love of TWD. I expected a little more but overall it's a nice read if you're a fan of morgan

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THE Aikido book

Great book. Amazing resource. Beautiful story. I will and do listen often! I am also an Aikido practitioner, among other things. enjoy!

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Love It

Enlightenment! It's a simple read, packed with a hell if a message that the world needs to apply.

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  • Wild Bunny Arts
  • 04-30-18

Inspirational

A great read that is full of wisdom. I'm glad I read it. Now I'm going to read it again.

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  • James
  • 06-07-19

Great book with good martial depths

Really good book. Finished it in one sitting. I study Aiki jutsu and found it very insightful and gave me a better martial understanding as well as an interesting historical read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-23-20

pure gold.

the essence of true masters lifetime of teachings. nothing more needs to be said I'm just writing these words cos audible say I have to

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  • George
  • 06-15-18

Good but heavy on the spiritual mumbo-jumbo.

I decided to go with the Audio book as it had a few extra chapters, like the life of the founder and the comparison between Ueshiba's Art of Peace to its counterpart - Art of War. Unfortunately the comparison chapter seemed very lackluster I was expecting direct differences, why Art of War is incorrect both practically and spiritually as well as why Art of Peace is the best option, other than the spiritual mumbo-jumbo being: Art of Peace is the Universe.

I do enjoy some spiritual stuff but this is very heavy on it for a new-comer. But the early chapters on Morihei Ueshiba's life was very enjoyable as well as some of the actual "Art of Peace" quotes etc were enjoyable, again some need to be taken with a pinch of salt unless you really want to buy into the universe is inside us vibe.

Other than that though, enjoyable and somewhat eye-opening.

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  • 08-12-17

Very thoughtful read

I found the book a thoughtful read and would recommend it to anyone who is exploring themselves and understanding peoples motivations

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  • Ben
  • 05-12-20

awesome book!!!!!

even if you don't care about Aikido, this book is a must for anyone interested in self improvement

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  • Colin Webber
  • 03-24-17

Aikido

The story starts off will and is very interesting but dragged on a bit at the end.