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The Art of Peace

By: John Stevens - translator,Morihei Ueshiba
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
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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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  • 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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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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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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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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my opinion it is must read for everyone👍👍👍

i think this book glues maybe all teachings together! Assisting me in evolving 👍🙏☯️. my suggestion focus on chapters 2 and 3!

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I love listening to this guy!

This narrator gets it. But then he is it sooooo. I highly recommend this or any other Martial Arts book read by this gentleman. Bushi no ichi gon!

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Inspirational work, enhanced by narration

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Brian Nishii takes the performance very seriously, which makes the audio version of this foundational book enjoyable to listen to. His performance is an asset to the piece.

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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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  • Wild Bunny
  • 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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  • 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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  • Steven Kenneth Moseley
  • 02-01-22

boring and ignorant.

a life story and dealing with basic flow gravity and motion moves it's like all basic arts.....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-20

Great balance of history, story and philosophy

Really enjoyed this. Anyone interested in Japanese history, culture and martial arts would love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-19-20

the essence of the mind, body and spirit

A must listen to anyone interested in martial arts and the mind, body and spirit.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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
  • 08-08-22

Inspiring

I am a beginning student of aikido, so it makes great sense to study the words of O Sensei.

I am greatfull for O Sensei’s sharing of his understanding of the spirit, the body, the earth and the heavens.

With the considerations in this book My spiritual path is guided.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-22

Inspiring story of the art of Akido

It gives you a glance into how the Akido comes to life. A lot of wisdom and things to ponder. But I'm not yet able to find a way to implement. Perhaps it will only come with practice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-22

Excellent listen

To the avid student of Aikido this book is a valuable glance into the theories and beliefs of O’Sensei, highly recommended

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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.