Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > Spiritual

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-22-2007, 08:43 PM   #26
Peter Goldsbury
  AikiWeb Forums Contributing Member
 
Peter Goldsbury's Avatar
Dojo: Hiroshima Kokusai Dojo
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 2,000
Japan
Online
Re: If you could buy just ONE book about the spiritual side of Aikido, what would it

Quote:
Demetrio Cereijo wrote: View Post
There is also a Basil Hall Chamberlain translation of the Kojiki available in the web.
The problem with Basil Hall Chamberlain's translation is that you need to be able to read Latin, in order to understand some of the early sections.

P A Goldsbury
_______________________
Hiroshima, Japan
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2007, 10:26 PM   #27
Erick Mead
 
Erick Mead's Avatar
Dojo: Big Green Drum (W. Florida Aikikai)
Location: West Florida
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,499
United_States
Offline
Re: If you could buy just ONE book about the spiritual side of Aikido, what would it

Quote:
Peter A Goldsbury wrote: View Post
The problem with Basil Hall Chamberlain's translation is that you need to be able to read Latin, in order to understand some of the early sections.
Chamberlain was a thorough Victorian. The parts in Latin are largely the "naughtier" bits. In the "Courtship of the Deities" the Latin begins right after the passage dealing with the "erection of an heavenly august pillar" continues then in "scholarly" Latin to relate what comes thereafter and then resumes in English after the birth of the child.

Things like the Kanamara or Honen festivals, and various other matsuri did not arrive out of thin air --

That is still somewhat better than the fate of Sir Richard Burton's manuscripts detailing various Indian and Arabic tales and practices of "local color." His widow consigned them to the fire, in the weeks following his death.

Cordially,

Erick Mead
一隻狗可久里馬房但他也不是馬的.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2007, 08:45 AM   #28
jennifer paige smith
 
jennifer paige smith's Avatar
Dojo: Confluence Aiki-Dojo / Santa Cruz Sword Club
Location: Santa Cruz
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,049
United_States
Offline
Re: If you could buy just ONE book about the spiritual side of Aikido, what would it

Quote:
Karol Kowalczyk wrote: View Post
Hi everyone, I have been doing Aikido for about 2 weeks now, and as this is my first thread, I feel as nervous as during my first time on the mat!

The summer holidays are coming, and my dojo is going to be closed for about 2 months during that this period, because it is located in a school gym hall. As, by that time, I will only have trained for 3 months, I thought that it would be a good time to bring myself closer to the spiritual side of Aikido by reading about it (and also, I wont have access to the internet for most of that time then either, because Im going to visit my mummy!).

I'm aware that there is a 'book reviews' section on this site, and I can also go through the (literally) hundreds of reviews on sites such as Amazon, but I really wanted to hear what book(s)has/have helped the people on this forum the most, because some books have very few reviews, but high ratings, and also it's hard to tell how much experience some of the reviewers have on other sites.

So, my question to you all is: "If you could buy just ONE book about the spiritual side of Aikido, what would it be?"

(I'm limiting myself to one book because of financial considerations, as well as for ease of carrying in a rucksack, but if you think there is more than one indispensable book, then please tell me.)

Thank you all for any help you can give.
Welcome to Aikido Karol!

A question came to mind when I read you question. And that is, What books have you read in the past that you enjoyed (fiction,non-fiction,author)? There are so many books in so many styles that a little personal preference might narrow the field.

Short of that I love; Aikido for Life by Gaku Homma, Enlightenment through Aikido by Kanshu Sunadamori and, It's A Lot Like Dancing by Terry Dobson and Rikki Moss.

A very compact and educational book is The Spirit of Aikido by the former doshu, Kisshomaru Ueshiba. I've had my copy for 15 years.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2007, 02:46 AM   #29
matsusakasteve
Dojo: Obata Aikido Kai
Location: Mie
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 19
Japan
Offline
Re: If you could buy just ONE book about the spiritual side of Aikido, what would it

Quote:
Ted Ehara wrote: View Post
.
For you, I would recommend KI : A Road That Anyone Can Walk by William Reed ISBN 0-87040-799-6. The author is an American who moved to Japan to study with Koichi Tohei. Since he has worked as a translator, his explanations of Japanese thought is especially clear for an English reader.
I am currently reading his other book. Ki:A Practical Guide for Westerners. Great stuff on breathing, posture and meditation. I got lucky, found it used and cheap on Amazon.
For about two years, I didn't read anything about ki/aikido. I just wanted to experience it firsthand. I still don't read much on the actual techniques per se, just the the philosophical aspects.
Great topic, I am enjoying all of your comments-thank you!
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2007, 05:54 PM   #30
Stefan Stenudd
 
Stefan Stenudd's Avatar
Dojo: Enighet Malmo Sweden
Location: Malmo
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 530
Sweden
Offline
Re: If you could buy just ONE book about the spiritual side of Aikido, what would it

Tao Te Ching.

Stefan Stenudd
My aikido website: http://www.stenudd.com/aikido/
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2007, 05:13 AM   #31
Karol Kowalczyk
 
Karol Kowalczyk's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 16
Poland
Offline
Re: If you could buy just ONE book about the spiritual side of Aikido, what would it

Oh dear, I have to apologize for not replying to Jennifer's question earlier, but I went away to think about it, and then forgot to come back!

I kind of guess that if someone had a suggestion to make about this thread they have already given it, and thank you all for your suggestions, but for what it's worth, a list of my favourite books on 'other' subjects:

"To Kill a Mockingbird" Harper Lee (a 36 year old man still cries at the end of this one, damn!)
"Cider with Rosie" Laurie Lee (no relation to the above )
"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" Milan Kundera
"The Master and Marguerita" Mikhail Bulgakov
"On the Road" and "Big Sur" Jack Kerouac
"The Hobbit" JRR Tolkien
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" Robert Pirsig
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2007, 07:41 PM   #32
Avery Jenkins
 
Avery Jenkins's Avatar
Dojo: Litchfield Hills Aikikai
Location: Litchfield, CT
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 139
Offline
Re: If you could buy just ONE book about the spiritual side of Aikido, what would it

Quote:
Eric Webber wrote: View Post
Gonna go out on a limb here and say Wendy Palmer's "The Practice of Freedom." She is open and honest in writing about her own spiritual journey and struggles, offering a look at how to apply aikido principles in a spiritual practice rather than just talk about them abstractly.
I have that book. I have honestly tried to read it about 5 times, and just can't wade my way through it. It's just a little too much left-coast confessional for my tastes.

Although it's more zen than omoto, I'm a big fan of Thomas Cleary's translations of Takuan Soho and Yagyu Munenori's works. I don't think Cleary is a martial artist, but he seems to have caught the spirit of things pretty well. Saotome's "Aikido and the Harmony of Nature" is really approachable.

Honestly, though, books on the spirituality of aikido are mind candy. The philosophy of aikido is on the mat.

Avery Jenkins
www.docaltmed.com
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

AikiWeb Sponsored Links - Place your Aikido link here for only $10!



Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What exactly is an independent dojo? David Yap General 64 11-14-2011 02:05 PM
sceptic on the spiritual side of aikido Apoy Spiritual 68 10-14-2006 05:09 PM
New Book Review: The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido AikiWeb System AikiWeb System 0 12-01-2003 12:57 PM
New Book Review: Aikido in Everyday Life AikiWeb System AikiWeb System 0 12-01-2003 12:57 PM
General News: Aikido Basics Book Signing at Westminster Aikikai AikiWeb System AikiWeb System 0 11-26-2003 10:59 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:07 AM.



vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2014 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2014 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate