- Paperback: 81 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books; Later Printing edition (January 26, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780375705090
- ISBN-13: 978-0375705090
- ASIN: 0375705090
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 214 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Eugen Herrigel was a German professor who taught philosophy at the University of Tokyo between the wars. In endeavoring to become a Zen mystic, he penetrated deeply and personally into the theory and practice of Zen Buddhism and subjected himself to the rigorous discipline of training with a Zen Master for six years. Zen in the Art of Archery is the account of this experience and his The Method of Zen is also available from Vintage Books. Professor Herrigel died in 1955.
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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.
But the translation is horrible - for such a small book, the precise and succinct wording is of utter importance - the translation failed to do that and more.
The book in itself is worthy the while - you just have to bear through the layered and often erroneous text to get to the jewel.
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.
Really enjoyed it.
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.