By: John Stevens
Book Overview: In budo—which can be translated as “the way of brave and enlightened activity”—martial arts and spirituality merge at the highest level of skill. Budo Secrets contains the essential teachings of budo’s greatest masters of Kendo, Karate, Judo, Aikido, and other disciplines. Timely and instructive, these writings are not just for martial artists—they’re for anyone who wants to live life more courageously, with a greater sense of personal confidence and self-control, and with a deeper understanding of others.
“The most important thing for a human being is not what is between his or her ears; it is what is in his or her heart. If the spirit is strong, one can accomplish anything.” ~ Tempu Nakamura, Budo Secrets
“I challenge you to make your life the masterpiece you want to paint, the novel you want to read, the day you want to wake to.” ~ Toni Sorenson
“When I left New York City for the backstreets of Japan, I figured I’d be growing poorer in terms of money, amusements, social life, and obvious prospects, but I’d be richer in what I prize most: days and hours.” ~ Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness
“Heaven is the place where you think of nowhere else.” ~ Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness
“It matters not where or how far you travel – the farther commonly the worse – but how much alive you are.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“The idea behind Nowhere – choosing to sit still long enough to turn inward – is at heart a simple one. If your car is broken, you don’t try to find ways to repaint its chassis; most of our problems – and therefore our solutions, our peace of mind – lie within. To hurry around trying to find happiness outside ourselves make about as much sense as the comical figure in the Islamic parable who, having lost a key in his living room, goes out into the street to look for it because there’s more light there.” ~ Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness