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The real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. So taught the great Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969), founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Aikido is a disciple Ueshiba called the “Art of Peace.” It offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict, and he believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the The real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. So taught the great Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969), founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Aikido is a disciple Ueshiba called the “Art of Peace.” It offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict, and he believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the challenges we face in life—in personal and business relationships, as well as in our interactions with society. These succinct and pithy teachings are drawn from his talks and writings. The collection is compiled by the renowned modern Aikidoist John Stevens, a disciple of Ueshiba.


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The real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. So taught the great Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969), founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Aikido is a disciple Ueshiba called the “Art of Peace.” It offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict, and he believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the The real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. So taught the great Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969), founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. Aikido is a disciple Ueshiba called the “Art of Peace.” It offers a nonviolent way to victory in the face of conflict, and he believed that Aikido principles could be applied to all the challenges we face in life—in personal and business relationships, as well as in our interactions with society. These succinct and pithy teachings are drawn from his talks and writings. The collection is compiled by the renowned modern Aikidoist John Stevens, a disciple of Ueshiba.

30 review for The Art of Peace

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michaela

    Because: The Walking Dead...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I'm not gonna lie; I picked up this book after watching the episode of The Walking Dead that it featured heavily in. I'm glad I did. While I can do without its talk of 'divinity', I found a lot of its teachings and philosophy really interesting and, funnily enough, in line with the state of mind I've been trying to cultivate and maintain for the last year. Having turned forty, I find that peace is the state I enjoy the most. I had a mini-revelation a few weeks ago when I realised I'd rather sit on I'm not gonna lie; I picked up this book after watching the episode of The Walking Dead that it featured heavily in. I'm glad I did. While I can do without its talk of 'divinity', I found a lot of its teachings and philosophy really interesting and, funnily enough, in line with the state of mind I've been trying to cultivate and maintain for the last year. Having turned forty, I find that peace is the state I enjoy the most. I had a mini-revelation a few weeks ago when I realised I'd rather sit on the beach and watch the waves roll in and listen to the sound of the surf than... well, just about anything, actually. I know this must sound boring to a lot of you but I find that this is how I feel most like my truest self. I think this book will be a useful tool.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    Granted this is not a Japanese original print of Ueshiba's words. Still it's a decent translation, and does collect many of the concepts that are often discussed in advanced aikido classes or seminars. For those of you that have never heard of aikido, do not be turned off so quickly. This book reads like short reminders of for better living. If you have more time, explore his words more carefully and you might discover a universe of questions that arise from his words.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    "If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attacks. And once you envelop them, you will be able to guide them along a path indicated to you by heaven and earth." I need to read this several times before I can begin to grasp it. I have read the Tao Te Ching every day over the past two years. It can't be "understood" in the sense of the mind. It must be lived, felt, experienced. It leads to peace, love, kindness and soundness of mind. "If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attacks. And once you envelop them, you will be able to guide them along a path indicated to you by heaven and earth." I need to read this several times before I can begin to grasp it. I have read the Tao Te Ching every day over the past two years. It can't be "understood" in the sense of the mind. It must be lived, felt, experienced. It leads to peace, love, kindness and soundness of mind. I believe it will be the same process with this this beautiful work of literature. I can't say much more. I recommend reading it. I may repost when I understand it with more practice and further readings. "The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit." “The universe is our greatest teacher, our greatest friend. It is always teaching us the Art of Peace. Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Everything—mountains, rivers, plants, and trees—should be your teacher." - Morihei Ueshiba

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    Morihei Ueshiba was ahead of his time in preparing for a crowded, difficult world and his philosophy is extremely refined, non-dogmatic zen buddhism. Unfortunately his legacy has been held to an almost radical traditionalism regarding his teachings through the practice of the art of Aikido. Fortunately, his words transcend the quasi-militarism of the modern "martial arts" describing a state of as near perfection for an individual's potential being as possible. One of the few books that deserves Morihei Ueshiba was ahead of his time in preparing for a crowded, difficult world and his philosophy is extremely refined, non-dogmatic zen buddhism. Unfortunately his legacy has been held to an almost radical traditionalism regarding his teachings through the practice of the art of Aikido. Fortunately, his words transcend the quasi-militarism of the modern "martial arts" describing a state of as near perfection for an individual's potential being as possible. One of the few books that deserves the energy required to preserve it in physical form and to be a part of one's belongings.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    I want to learn Aikido now.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Excellent bookend to the Tao Teh Ching...and good for any aikidoka (or any martial artist for that matter) in making peace and harmony an overarching goal in the struggle of the everyday.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Your greatest opponent is always yourself...this book (although focused on Aikido) will help anyone find the 'centering' that is so important before any action is taken which could be used against you if not properly contextualized.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Gibson

    A page a day spiritual affirmations like: "Eight forces sustain creation: Movement and stillness, Solidification and fluidity, Extension and contraction, Unification and division." got it?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    As a daily practitioner of Aikido, having access to the philosophy of the spiritual warrior, in the founder's own words, has been invaluable to me. I carried the pocket edition with me during my travels in Japan, Thailand, India, and back. It is a great book in understanding how to practice life in the world. Let me know if you need a copy. :) There is also a copy I have that has all the sayings on a CD that's nice to have around. I don't remember if the tracks worked for the pages well, but it As a daily practitioner of Aikido, having access to the philosophy of the spiritual warrior, in the founder's own words, has been invaluable to me. I carried the pocket edition with me during my travels in Japan, Thailand, India, and back. It is a great book in understanding how to practice life in the world. Let me know if you need a copy. :) There is also a copy I have that has all the sayings on a CD that's nice to have around. I don't remember if the tracks worked for the pages well, but it was a good reading to have around on audio.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Miloš Vasić

    The book that changed my life !

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emelia

    Morihei Ueshiba is a Master of Aikido ( translated as The Art of Peace ) as well as it's creator and remains the most profound martial arts teacher known. The Art of Peace contains quotations that have been compiled from his collected talks, poems, and calligraphy by his students. The great Masters refrain from writing books, preferring to speak from the moment as they feel it is up to their students to listen carefully and discern what their master is saying and then pass it on. And so I have Morihei Ueshiba is a Master of Aikido ( translated as The Art of Peace ) as well as it's creator and remains the most profound martial arts teacher known. The Art of Peace contains quotations that have been compiled from his collected talks, poems, and calligraphy by his students. The great Masters refrain from writing books, preferring to speak from the moment as they feel it is up to their students to listen carefully and discern what their master is saying and then pass it on. And so I have read this book, inhaled it's lessons and beauty, and hope to pass it on to the ones who read this review. Morihei, though a master of martial arts, understood that there is war, however continued fighting - with others, ourselves, and fighting the environment instead of striving to maintain a partnership- leads to the destruction of the Earth and ourselves. Only by looking inward can we achieve enlightenment and true peace, and in this book we are given these keys to harmony and true peace. The path to being a great warrior lies in not fighting and destruction, but creation and tolerance. By following his instructions we see that everything on this planet, trees, stones, water, air, and the people we meet on our journey are our teachers; we need only to silence the tangents of the world and our destructive selves to hear their words. From our birth til our passing from this world to the next we never stop learning and when we find ourselves short tempered, depressed, angry, or ill-natured it is only because we have strayed from the path of peace and have failed to listen to the words of Nature and the Universe. In all things their must be a balance. In today's world the balance is askew leaning more towards destruction and violence and we must seek equilibrium from within. I can not stress the importance of this book and I myself will be carrying it with me everywhere I go as a constant guide and reminder of our true purpose here on earth. The path of the greatest warriors are paths of peace, compassion, tolerance, and love. There is an art of war, yes, but the most beautiful art is the art of peace. "Rely on peace to activate your Manifold powers; pacify your environment and create a beautiful world." "The Divine is not something high above us. It is in heaven, it is in earth, it is inside us." "There are no contests in the art of peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within." May you fill your world with the beautiful Art of Peace.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Lots of wisdom to meditate on in this relatively slim volume of teachings from the Aikido master Morihei Ueshiba. Although I can't lift a suitcase (Morihei Ueshiba's definition of someone strong enough to practice Aikido), I still observe lots to learn from a great teacher.

  14. 5 out of 5

    k.wing

    I hope to revisit this little book often. I found that the passages toward the end resonated with me the most. That the Path is the responsibility of the individual, the focus on mastering one's own self, and also finding the connection in all things.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anne Marie

    Is great even just to open at any page randomly each day and meditate on what you find there

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    Prior to discussing content, it is important to note that ‘The Art of Peace’ is literally a ‘pocket book’ - with the physical dimensions being ~ 2.5x3.5x.5 inches (~ 5.5x8x1 cm). Consistent with the small physical size, the thoughts/aphorisms contained in this book, acquired ‘…from Morihei’s collected talks, poems, and calligraphy, and from oral tradition’ are also very brief – most being a sentence or two in length. Translation of the material was provided by John Stevens: a Zen scholar and Prior to discussing content, it is important to note that ‘The Art of Peace’ is literally a ‘pocket book’ - with the physical dimensions being ~ 2.5x3.5x.5 inches (~ 5.5x8x1 cm). Consistent with the small physical size, the thoughts/aphorisms contained in this book, acquired ‘…from Morihei’s collected talks, poems, and calligraphy, and from oral tradition’ are also very brief – most being a sentence or two in length. Translation of the material was provided by John Stevens: a Zen scholar and Aikido instructor. While John Stevens certainly has the background to compile ‘The Art of Peace’, as the person reviewing this book, I have NO knowledge of Aikido and no prior knowledge of the founder: Morihei Ueshiba. That being said, at the very beginning of the book it was plain for even me to see that the essence of Morihei’s teachings are truly based on a system of harmony within that allows us to interact in a harmonious way without. “Unlike the authors of old-time warrior classics such as ‘The Art of War’ and ‘The Book of Five Rings’, which accept the inevitability of war and emphasize cunning strategy as a means to victory. Morihei understood that continued fighting – with others, with ourselves, and with the environment – will ruin the earth…. What we need now are techniques of harmony, not those of contention.” Many of the quotes/aphorisms are profound and they inspire the reader to ponder various aspects of life in general. The wisdom is essentially timeless because the ideas are a philosophy on life, a way of living in harmony with the universe, not simply a series of techniques to throw an opponent across the room. Indeed, the “…real way of the warrior is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness and love of nature.” Other ideas put forth by Morihei Ueshiba that I particularly made note of: - ‘Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead.’ - 'There are many paths leading to the top of Mount Fuji, but there is only one summit – love.' - 'A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing.' - 'Each day of human life contains joy and anger, pain and pleasure, darkness and light, growth and decay. Each moment is etched with nature’s grand design—do not try to deny or oppose the cosmic order of things.' -'ULTIMATELY, you must forget about technique. The further you progress the fewer teachings there are. The Great Path is really No Path.' As much as I enjoyed, and will certainly benefit from, reading the ideas of Morihei Ueshiba, the fact that no specific sources were provided with the individual thoughts is a disappointment. I don’t have any doubt that what John Stevens shares is accurate, it’s just that I would like to examine some of these quotes/aphorisms in context or I would like to follow the train of thought all the way to the station. On the other hand, if the intent of not providing the source information was to compel the reader to go on a journey of discovery, then I would say that the aim was successful because I will certainly be reading other books on the philosophy of Morihei Ueshiba. In the end, if I had to sum up the essence of Morihei Ueshiba’s thoughts, as they appear in ‘The Art of Peace’, it would be thus: ‘Walk softly and carry a big stick.’

  17. 5 out of 5

    Biniam Biniam

    The Art of Peace is a "spiritual technology", which allowed individual persons to better cope with THEIR life. The moral standpoint of martial art of aikido sought the enlightenment of the individual and caring mostly not about politics. In art of Aikido, the focus is on the cultivation of the mind and behavior patterns consistent with spiritual goals. Moral questions on violence The samurai is handed down to us as a symbol of the Japanese warrior tradition and although he greatly from its The Art of Peace is a "spiritual technology", which allowed individual persons to better cope with THEIR life. The moral standpoint of martial art of aikido sought the enlightenment of the individual and caring mostly not about politics. In art of Aikido, the focus is on the cultivation of the mind and behavior patterns consistent with spiritual goals. Moral questions on violence The samurai is handed down to us as a symbol of the Japanese warrior tradition and although he greatly from its western counterpart, the medieval knight, is different than martial art of aikido , so it calls its mention an adventurous Image of daring and courage in us. Aikido Ueshiba had nothing to do with stimulus / response. Its about the Art of Peace. Which peace is an active quality. Can you see an enemy in the face and remain in peace ? yEs... Biniam Yibaleh

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tanvika

    Very interesting book on the traits of a warrior to emerge victorious over himself. Martial arts like aikido here is used to create a mind- body balance, movement like water, rain,birds etc very much inspired from the way of Zen. I think these virtues of calm, fearlessness, endurance, rhythm can be useful in everyday life as well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ★ℕłℂØℓҾ★ (Nix)

    "When you lose your desire for things that do not matter, you will be free." This is the passage that resonated most with me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    I don't know really anything about this book or the writer, just saw this in the house and thought it would be a nice quick read, I actually really liked it and thought it was motivational at times.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    I’ve been vegan for 27 years, and, since at least the eighth grade, I’ve upgraded my religious stance from agnostic to areligious to atheist. Labeling myself as an atheist was primarily politically motivated, an easy way to identify myself as an oppositionist of organized religion. It was an indicator of who I wasn’t, not who I was, and didn’t really express the spirituality that was at the core of my veganism. When I joined Facebook circa 2006, I coined (or borrowed; I don’t recall seeing or I’ve been vegan for 27 years, and, since at least the eighth grade, I’ve upgraded my religious stance from agnostic to areligious to atheist. Labeling myself as an atheist was primarily politically motivated, an easy way to identify myself as an oppositionist of organized religion. It was an indicator of who I wasn’t, not who I was, and didn’t really express the spirituality that was at the core of my veganism. When I joined Facebook circa 2006, I coined (or borrowed; I don’t recall seeing or hearing it anywhere before I used it, but very well may have) the term “karmic veganism” to describe my religious views. That remains, to this day, a much more accurate descriptor for how I see myself and my place in the world — through a constructive, rather than destructive, lens. Over the past half decade or so, I’ve increasingly felt as if I’m moving against the grain of the modern world, or at least navigating it at a slower pace. As the world fills up with more things to do, more places to go, more stuff to have, I find myself looking to do less, own less, be less — to get more from less. If my life over the first forty years was about acquiring, the past five have been more about curating what surrounds me so that I might reduce my physical, emotional, and spiritual clutter and create more space for calm, peace, and balance. It is in this spirit that I approached Morihei Ueshiba’s “The Art of Peace.” This edition, translated and edited by John Stevens, contains a brief overview of Ueshiba’s life and his own spiritual path that led to the creation of aikido and served as the foundation for his teachings. These collected aphorisms weren’t written by Ueshiba himself; rather, they were compiled by his students from his talks, poems, and calligraphy. Although ostensibly aimed at practitioners of aikido, Ueshiba’s words transcend such limitations, presenting themselves as keys to anyone looking to live a life based on the four great virtues of bravery, friendship, wisdom, and love. In this hectic and crowded modern world, “The Art of Peace” serves to help cleanse oneself of maliciousness, get in tune with one’s environment, and clear one’s path of obstacles. This isn’t a one-time read; these are lessons one can come back to again and again, enlightening and enriching oneself with each rereading. I know I will.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Edilson Fontenele

    One of the greatest books for Martial Arts practitioners, written by Morihei Ueshiba, Aikido’s creator. “The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood as a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek competition are making a grave mistake. To smash, injure or destroy is the worst sin a human being can commit. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent slaughter - it is the Art of Peace, the power of love”

  23. 4 out of 5

    Geraldo Nogueira

    I confess that I was interested in the book because The Walking Dead. I didn't know about it before. As the name implies, the book tries to teach the reader The Path, everything regarding balance, non-violence, to be grateful for all hard comings we all experience, because it makes you stronger. It's the sort of book you always come back and get reminded of a positive perspective of life.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    Deep read. I got a lot out of it and many of the principles are similar to Christianity. Others made me consider how I move forward in my own battlefields. I would love to read more about Morihei Ueshiba's life as it sounds like he lived a full an interesting one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bernie Gourley

    The edition of The Art of Peace that I read is divided into three parts. Part I is a brief biography of Morihei Ueshiba, who was known as Ō-sensei to Aikidō practitioners and other admirers. Part II contrasts the art of war to Ueshiba’s art of peace. Part III is a collection of aphorisms and brief statements outlining the art of peace. Ueshiba is the founder of Aikidō, a martial art that was derived in part from Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, but which is distinct from that art in many ways. (e.g. the The edition of The Art of Peace that I read is divided into three parts. Part I is a brief biography of Morihei Ueshiba, who was known as Ō-sensei to Aikidō practitioners and other admirers. Part II contrasts the art of war to Ueshiba’s art of peace. Part III is a collection of aphorisms and brief statements outlining the art of peace. Ueshiba is the founder of Aikidō, a martial art that was derived in part from Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, but which is distinct from that art in many ways. (e.g. the lack of set forms and emphasis on randori.) Along with Jigorō Kanō, Gichin Funakoshi, and a few others, Ueshiba is one of the pioneers of gendai budō, modern Japanese martial arts that take as their primary aim non-bellicose objectives like sport and self-defense. This is in contrast to the koryū budō (kobudō) which evolved primarily for war fighting. In contrast to Kanō’s Judō, which was first and foremost a competitive sport, Ueshiba’s Aikidō offered a particular approach to self-defense that was purely defensive and in which movement was harmonized to the opponent’s actions so as to perpetrate the least violence possible. The biographic portion of the book is intriguing, but on a few occasions drifts from biography to hagiography. I feel that the suggestion of supernatural abilities does a disservice in the telling of Ueshiba’s story. By all accounts, Ueshiba was an accomplished and highly skilled martial artist, and I would like to read a full biography of his life (a biography exists, but I can’t comment on how well written it is yet.) Given Ueshiba’s pacifistic views, it would be easy to dismiss him as a pie-in-the-sky idealist who had no idea of the realities of the world. I don’t believe that is the case. However, when the biography tells stories of god-like superpowers, it makes it hard to take the man seriously as a martial artist. Either Ueshiba was skilled as an illusionist / mentalist (a distinct possibility) or some of the stories were embellished to deify the man. The story that comes to mind is one in which Ueshiba voluntarily faced a firing squad and emerged unharmed due to either ninja-like or Hollywood vampire movie style actions. This story is attributed to one of his students, Gozo Shioda, who passed away in the 1990’s. We may get an indication of the roots of this appeal to the supernatural in an early statement about Ueshiba’s childhood fascination with individuals like En no Gyoja and Kukai who are themselves attributed supernatural abilities in stories. Ueshiba is clearly a man of faith. He suggests life should be lived on basis of 70 percent faith and 30 percent science. Full disclosure: I’m more skeptical than Descartes, and obviously favor an outlook more firmly rooted in science and rationality. Part two includes extensive quotes from Ueshiba himself. It contrasts the arts of war with Aikidō in mental and physical aspects. A core theme of the book is that the martial arts shouldn’t be about learning to die, but rather learning to live. Ueshiba criticizes the past Shoguns who used the art of war to control people. Ueshiba’s views on the purpose of martial arts are stated in this part. From a physical point of view, Ueshiba emphasizes the lack of forms in Aikidō (Bruce Lee echoed similar sentiments on this subject.) There is an interesting comparison of Ueshiba to swordsman and Zen master Tesshu Yamaoka (about whom John Stevens also wrote a biography.) Part three reads like the work of an ancient yogi in places, and, in other places, offers the stern admonitions to train hard that one would expect from a martial arts teacher. A recurring theme is that the martial artist should purge himself of pettiness, be it in the form of being judgmental, materialistic, fearful, selfish, or malicious. He goes as far as to say, “Be grateful even for hardship, setbacks, and bad people.” Another theme is that one should strive to be natural and to make one’s movement natural. Ueshiba’s advice in this book is about virtue and the mind, and rarely strays into the subject of physical tactics. It does offer a little advice about types of distancing, where one should place one’s gaze, the power of circular movement, as well as discussing technique in the abstract. This is not a criticism. There are other books to learn more about physical technique. However, one should be aware that if one would like to know what Aikidō looks like, this isn’t the book for you. This thin book provided me with a great deal to think about. I’d recommend it for martial artists, as well as for those interested in the life of this extraordinary man.

  26. 4 out of 5

    SaraLaLa

    If you'd like a page-a-day philosophical affirmations book, then this one's for you. I don't mind the bite-sized chunks this book can be broken into, but for the most part, the subject matter isn't my cup of tea. Several quotes did stand out to me, though. -"Be grateful even for hardships, setbacks, and bad people. Dealing with such obstacles is an essential part of training in the Art of Peace." -"Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something." -"Fiddling with this and that If you'd like a page-a-day philosophical affirmations book, then this one's for you. I don't mind the bite-sized chunks this book can be broken into, but for the most part, the subject matter isn't my cup of tea. Several quotes did stand out to me, though. -"Be grateful even for hardships, setbacks, and bad people. Dealing with such obstacles is an essential part of training in the Art of Peace." -"Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something." -"Fiddling with this and that technique is of no avail. Simply act decisively without reserve!" -"Cast off limiting thoughts..." (the rest of that quote wasn't as important to me) I did, however, notice that other editions are 40-80 pages longer. Part of me wonders what I missed, while the other part is thankful that I accidentally read the shortest version available.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    The Art of Peace was written the founder of Aikido, a martial art which utilizes an opponent's aggression to neutralize them. The tactics are not unlike those espoused by Sun Tzu, which emphasize the fluidity of attack and defense. Using a smile to overcome aggression. The fighting style is a metaphor for dealing with conflict in general and follows many Asian precepts. The philosophy espoused has great applicability to dealing with everyday conflict and dovetails into martial and meditative The Art of Peace was written the founder of Aikido, a martial art which utilizes an opponent's aggression to neutralize them. The tactics are not unlike those espoused by Sun Tzu, which emphasize the fluidity of attack and defense. Using a smile to overcome aggression. The fighting style is a metaphor for dealing with conflict in general and follows many Asian precepts. The philosophy espoused has great applicability to dealing with everyday conflict and dovetails into martial and meditative practices.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rick Marcello

    Let me make this clear. I believe that Jesus Christ is God, Lord, and Savior. What does this have to do with this book? Well the Art of Peace is the basically the philosophy behind the martial art Akido. When I read the book I found it to be very poetic. With that being said I disagreed on a some serious religious and philosophical points. The one that stood out to me was the open denial of Christ and His Way. The book itself again was a quick and excellent read. But if you are not studying the Let me make this clear. I believe that Jesus Christ is God, Lord, and Savior. What does this have to do with this book? Well the Art of Peace is the basically the philosophy behind the martial art Akido. When I read the book I found it to be very poetic. With that being said I disagreed on a some serious religious and philosophical points. The one that stood out to me was the open denial of Christ and His Way. The book itself again was a quick and excellent read. But if you are not studying the Word of God for yourself you can be lead astray by man's philosophy. I gave it four stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I LOVE this book! It has really short, bite-sized chapters that are still inspirational, no matter how many times I read them. This book was the first gift the Senseis gave me at the end of my first year at the dojo, and reading it made a great impact on my life and my attitude. Ueshiba wrote it for practitioners of his art (Aikido), but it applies to all aspects of life, martial and non-martial.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Charles Loflin

    Profound simplicity Those who are searching for some hidden secret that will unlock the great mysteries will be disappointed. The Art of Peace does not concern itself with hidden knowledge. It's truth is so simple that it will only require a lifetime to master.

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