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

by Eugen Herrigel (Author)

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A classic work on Eastern philosophy, Zen in the Art of Archery is a charming and deeply illuminating story of one man's experience with Zen. Eugen Herrigel, a German professor of Philosophy in Tokyo, took up the study of archery as a step toward an understanding of Zen Buddhism. This book is the account of the six years he spent as a student of one of Japan's great kyudo (archery) masters, and of how he gradually overcame, his initial inhibitions and began to feel his way toward new truths and ways of seeing.… (more)
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Info:Vintage Books (1999), Edition: Reprint, 81 pages
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Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel (1948)

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Quick read walks you through the experience of a German philosopher to learn Japanese archery in ita spiritual Zen form.

The book walks you through the transformation, this process is hard, takes several years and leads to a kind of non conscious state.

The most practical translation I have read of Zen in an accessible format. ( )
  yates9 | Feb 28, 2024 |
Somewhat stilted in style but at 81 pages, some insights into the progress and challenging facing a Zen archery student. Fascinating to have done this in the 1950s. ( )
  simonpockley | Feb 25, 2024 |
In this wonderful little book, Mr. Herrigel, a German philosopher who came to Japan and took up the practice of archery toward an understanding of Zen, gives an illuminating account of his own experience. Through this expression, the Western reader will find a more familiar manner of dealing with what very often must seem to be a strange and somewhat unapproachable Eastern experience.' --from the introduction by Daisetz T. Suzuki
  PendleHillLibrary | Nov 24, 2023 |
Mi sono stupidamente tenuto a lungo alla larga da questo libro del 1948, temendo forse le derive dei circoli new age in cui a volte è citato. Scopro con piacere un testo improntato al rigore e a quello che definirei, in mancanza di un'idea su un termine migliore, pudore nel parlare di ciò di cui, per forza di cose, parlare è così difficile - e forse inutile - perché del tutto legato all'esperienza. Ispirazione utile per chiunque si senta vicino a un approccio contemplativo all'esistenza.
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  d.v. | May 16, 2023 |
The lesson don't think, do. ( )
  knightlight777 | Jun 27, 2022 |
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Hull, Richard Francis CarringtonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A classic work on Eastern philosophy, Zen in the Art of Archery is a charming and deeply illuminating story of one man's experience with Zen. Eugen Herrigel, a German professor of Philosophy in Tokyo, took up the study of archery as a step toward an understanding of Zen Buddhism. This book is the account of the six years he spent as a student of one of Japan's great kyudo (archery) masters, and of how he gradually overcame, his initial inhibitions and began to feel his way toward new truths and ways of seeing.

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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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