Mind and body in Budo: Poems of the way

Antonio Terrone*

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The first part of this article presents insights into the nature of mind-body theory and practice in modern Japanese budo in general, and Aikido in particular. Based on personal experience and observations as both a trained academic and a professional Aikido instructor, I suggest that modern budo retains elements of spiritual formation inherited in part from Buddhist thought and practice in Japan. The second part of the article is a sample of doka, “poems of the way,” that I have composed as a form of Zen inspired advice songs to foster confidence in the holistic practice of budo and to encourage further exploration in these areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-61
Number of pages10
JournalSpirituality Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • Aikido
  • Buddhism
  • Budo
  • Martial arts and spirituality
  • Mind and body research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy


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