Morihei Ueshiba

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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Techniques of Harmony | A Selection of Excerpts from the Art of Peace

The Art of Peace is Required, Not the Art of War The divine beauty Of heaven and earth! All creation, Members of One family. Eight forces sustain creation: Movement and stillness, Solidification and fluidity, Extension and contraction, Unification and division. ...
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Readers’ Picks

In thinking about year-end gifts, we want to share what YOU have to say. Below are some lovely quotations from readers on their favorite Shambhala books. Do you have one to add? Please comment at the bottom! “This book showed me a different way, a...
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