Volume 6 / Issue 1 SPRING 2020

5 2 S p i r i t ua l i t y S t u d i e s 6 - 1 S p r i n g 2 0 2 0 Mind and Body in Budo: Poems of the Way Received November 1, 2019 Revised January 2, 2020 Accepted January 6, 2020 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 modernbudo 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. Key words Budo, Aikido, Buddhism, martial arts and spirituality, mind and body research Antonio Terrone