(excerpted from Shibumi, by Trevanian)
“…Shibumi has to do with great refinement underlying commonplace appearances. It is a statement so correct that it does not have to be bold, so poignant it does not have to be pretty, so true that it does not have to be real. Shibumi is understanding, rather than knowledge…Authority without domination. Something like that…One does not achieve it, one discovers it.”
Playing Go masterfully — that would be Shibumi.
Here’s an excellent video for an overview of the game:
“Beyond being merely a game, Go can take on other meanings to its devotees: an analogy for life, an intense meditation, a mirror of one’s personality, an exercise in abstract reasoning, a mental ‘workout’ or, when played well, a beautiful art in which black and white dance in delicate balance…” American Go Assn.
MORE ABOUT GO
Go originated in China nearly 4,000 years ago. It’s easy to learn, difficult to master. From the preface of the book Way to Go, by Karl Baker: “The game of GO is the essence of simplicity and the ultimate in complexity all at the same time. It is taught earnestly at military officer training schools in the Orient, as an exercise in military strategy. It is also taught in the West at schools of philosophy as a means of understanding the interplay of intellect and intuition.” Download The Way to Go for free, if you want to know more. Find it under “Learn to Play” at: usgo.org