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Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel

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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  Jway | Apr 18, 2016 |
There is only one thing the Zen Master has taught me, and it is that mud is better than words ("...boy"). So I feel kind of underwhelmed by Herrigel's attempt to Teutonize kyūdo into submission. Like, as long as he's trying to isolate its unique conceptual essence in the grand tradition of the idealist philosophers, you're all "yeah right man, I seen the Matrix or the Karate Kid, this never gonna work," and it doesn't, and then he learns to embrace irrationalism and wins the approval of his sensei (and who knows what that means really, since evidently it's not about whether the arrows hit their target exactly, but still kind of is, and I am every kind of a lover of things Japanese but there is a cultic aspect to this stuff that raises the spectre of the spurious for me) but he still hasn't emptied out entirely and you can see that unreason for him is not its own end still a kind of wild man way to break open and plumb this tradition and something doesn't sit right and then you look him up and sure enough, he was a committed Nazi right to the end and beyond. Presumably of the mystical variety, but still, ugh. ( )
1 vote MeditationesMartini | Mar 24, 2016 |
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 |
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Eugen Herrigelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hull, Richard Francis CarringtonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Um dos aspectos mais significativos na prática do tiro com arco – e em qualquer outra arte praticada no Japão e provavelmente também noutros países do Extremo Oriente – é o facto de não ter quaisquer propósitos utilitários, nem se destinar à pura fruição estética. Na verdade, representa um exercício da consciência, com o objectivo de a pôr em contacto com a realidade última. Assim, não se pratica o tiro com arco no mero intuito de acertar no alvo, nem se maneja a espada com o fim de vencer o adversário, o bailarino não dança apenas para executar um movimento rítmico: acima de tudo pretende-se harmonizar o consciente com o inconsciente.
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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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