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Zen in the Art of Archery (original 1948; edition 1999)

by Eugen Herrigel, R. F. C. Hull (Translator), Daisetz T. Suzuki (Introduction)

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Title:Zen in the Art of Archery
Authors:Eugen Herrigel
Other authors:R. F. C. Hull (Translator), Daisetz T. Suzuki (Introduction)
Info:Vintage Books (1999), Paperback, 81 pages
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This book is not so much about Zen, and hardly about archery. It is rather a study of the mystical possibilities of traditional technegogy. Given that, and its period, it is perhaps unsurprising that the other book of which it most reminded me was Hesse's Glass Bead Game. Zen in the Art of Archery, though, is not a sprawling pseudo-academic doorstop novel set in an imagined future, but rather a straightforward and concise topical memoir.

In his aspiration to mystical experience, Herrigel writes that "the longing persisted, and, when it grew weary, the longing for this longing" (14). The book itself is a much briefer affair. And yet, it opens onto even broader vistas than the six years that the author spent in his archery training.
3 vote paradoxosalpha | Jul 29, 2015 |
This is a very interesting book. Archery in respects to the Japanese is not a sport. Learning archery involves a spiritual approach. You must detach yourself and learn to breath through everything. If you have enough time and patience, you should try it. The author took more than 4 years to become a master. ( )
  terrygraap | May 18, 2015 |
An interesting and informative book on mind and action. ( )
  sury.vemagal | Aug 12, 2012 |
A very interesting and enlightening little book on the essence of the spiritual experience in Zen Buddhism.
A German philosophy professor goes to Japan for six years and practises Zen through archery. The book is a summary of his experience. ( )
  Niecierpek | Sep 30, 2010 |
wonderful insight...: there's an old adage in the acting world..'don't give a performance, let the performance give you'..so what does that have to do with this book? well, I read this wonderful book a few years back when I was studying acting in NYC and I really worked hard at incorporating some Zen technique into my acting process..it wasn't easy..but I stuck with it and I feel as if I reached a different level consciousness and ability with my craft. This book is a wonderful teacher for the ways of Zen and incorporating those lessons into real life events not just archery.
1 vote iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
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Eugen Herrigelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hull, Richard Francis CarringtonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Suzuki, Daisetz T.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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So many books have been written about the meditation side of Zen and the everyday, chop wood/carry water side of Zen. But few books have approached Zen the way that most Japanese actually do--through ritualized arts of discipline and beauty--and perhaps that is why Eugen Herrigel's Zen in the Art of Archery is still popular so long after it first publication in 1953. Herrigel, a philosophy professor, spent six years studying archery and flower-arranging in Japan, practicing every day, and struggling with foreign notions such as "eyes that hear and ears that see." In a short, pithy narrative, he brings the heart of Zen to perfect clarity--intuition, imitation, practice, practice, practice, then, boom, wondrous spontaneity fusing self and art, mind, body, and spirit. Herrigel writes with an attention to subtle profundity and relates it with a simple artistry that itself carries the signature of Zen. --Brian Bruya

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