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Method of Zen Hardcover – December, 1960


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul PLC; 1st Ptg edition (December 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0710015194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710015198
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,425,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When Eugen Herrigel died in 1955 he had published only one book, but it was a classic of its kind, Zen in the Art of Archery. He also left voluminous notes describing his six years of training under a Japanese Zen Master. These, edited and revised by Alan Watts and others, form The Method of Zen... even surpassing Herrigel's earlier work."

-- San Francisco Sunday Chronicle

"A more charmingly written, informative and important primer on any subject, let alone one as obscure as Zen, is hard to come by."

-- Faubion Bowers, The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Text: English, German (translation)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By "schreiberm" on January 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
Of the many books I have read concerning the subject of Zen Buddhism, none can be considered more lucid, succint, and enthralling than this book. Herrigel's knack for brevity will be more than welcome to the Occidental who has searched for such a book. Authors such as Alan Watts, and especially D.T. Suzuki have no qualms about making the claim that Zen eschews verbosity and does not espouse any sort of philosophy, and that it lacks the abstraction of Westerners. However, after reading these works, my head reeled with the constant paradoxes set forth by Suzuki who consistently and simultaneously reminded me that I wouldn't understand such subjects until enlightened. This led me to wonder...then why have you written you a 300 page book describing such an experience? No matter though; what THIS book is is a wonderful account of the changes and insights that happen to a person willing to give himself to the path that Zen offers.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
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For anyone who's ever been attracted by the tranquility and equanimity of Zen, yet put off by the massive tomes written on it, this book, in its lyrical simplicity, will allow you to feel zen.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2000
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Eugen Herrigel wrote 2 very important books on Zen that are mandatory reading for everyone. "The Method of Zen" illuminates us even further than his first book. Another book that is mandatory reading on Zen is- "Zen Action/Zen Person" by Kasulis.
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