Touching the Absolute: Aikido vs. Religion and Philosophy (2)

This is the second part of a three-part essay which discusses the martial art of aikido in connection with religion and philosophy. The first part dealt in some detail with the spiritual pursuits of Morihei Ueshiba, the Founder of aikido, and posed the general question of what these spiritual pursuits were and how much they should concern us, members of an increasingly multicultural aikido community. It is clear from his writings that the Founder regarded aikido primarily as a contemplation of the divine as he saw it and he never compromised on this point.

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