- Paperback: 81 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books; Later Printing edition (January 26, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375705090
- ISBN-13: 978-0375705090
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“In this wonderful . . . and illuminating account . . . 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
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Sakiyama Sensei, 72 years old and teaching for more than 50 years introduced me with a set of some 10 lessons over a three week period, which ended in shooting to the target....my life will never be the same
I secured all my requirements in Tokyo , and returned home in August, to our sleepy seaside village...Hermanus, some 2 hours east of Cape Town
I immediately constructed a shooting range at my home, where I also have my small private karate Dojo
Once one embarks on a journey, doors open, and I was introduced to a young teacher in far away Johannesburg,
I spend 3 days with my new teacher, a remarkable young man, 4DAN , and a most beautiful Kyudo Dojo
I study hard, read everything I lay my hands on, which included this very important work on Zen and Archery...indispensable insight
I train daily, karate, Kubudo and now Kyudo....this is true retirement.
And when you are done you can ponder how a man like Herrigel, so passionate about a basic tenet of Buddhist thought, could end up a devoted Nazi. Buy it.
Favorite quote: “For them [Japanese Masters] the contest consists in the archer aiming at himself - and yet not at himself, in hitting himself – and yet not himself, and thus becoming simultaneously the aimer and the aim, the hitter and the hit.” (5)
Zen than a tight-ass German professor who turns out to be utterly charming and self-effacing as he bumbles through this adventure. Be sure to read Ambivalent Zen if you think egolessness and sitting cross-legged for long hours painfully saying funny vowel sounds is going to make you happier.