Editorial Reviews. Review. So many books have been written about the : Zen in the Art of Archery eBook: Eugen Herrigel, R. F. C. Hull: Kindle Store. Zen in the Art of Archery has ratings and reviews. body and the mind) is brilliantly explained by Professor Eugen Herrigel in this timeless account. The Myth of Zen in the Art of Archery. YAMADA Shoji. [uFf4;41I n. Eugen Herrigel’s “Zen in the Art of Archery” has been widely read as a study of Japanese.

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Books by Eugen Herrigel. It is true that nothing you do that is spiritual is due to you the person but you the spirit that act through the person. I picked up this book on recommendation from a friend, and I was interested in how I would think of it since as a general rule I love works about mastery and usually dislike works about mysticism. Ever since my early college days the abstraction apparatus known as western culture seemed to me a useful but essentially flawed way of understanding our place in the world.

Ah, you are thinking you gave your Mother Zen in the Art of Archery The practice itself is a means to realize the Great Discipline. Or maybe if I read a little more patiently about breathing, “not being,” “not shooting,” and all that Zen stuff.

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You have become a different person in the course of these years. It’s applications as many as there are things in one’s life that they wish to master. Quotes from Zen in the Art of Herrigel saw his teacher shoot twice at a target in the dark and was deeply impressed that both hit the centre and even more that the second arrow split the first.

I did cringe every time Herrigel refers to being something and not-something, or focusing and not-focusing, or the Karate-kid mumbo jumbo of ‘not hitting the target, but hitting oneself become one with the target’ kind of thing. It reminded me of An Experiment in Mindfulness. It is a story in which years pass before Herrigel is allowed to move on from firing at a target only two meters away, and my phrase completely misses the point.


Risulta comunque come l’autore precisa fin dall’inizio molto difficile spiegare lo stato Zen in cui si arriva. Oct 02, Fehaylitz rated it liked it Shelves: For example, a central idea in the book is how through years of practice, a physical activity becomes effortless both mentally and physically, as if our habit body executes complex and difficult movements without conscious control from the mind.

Some bits are more clear than others, I will say, but there are plenty of passages I end up reading more than once. But I was having trouble finding something to read last night and I picked it up and was done before I knew it. Near the end, he briefly explores swordplay through the same lens which also had a great deal of interesting ideas in it. Nearly two years ago I bought this book with the hopes of reading something that pointed to being the state of “Zen” but could not bring myself to read it.

This book is what The Inner Game of Tennis would have been if it were much shorter, less repetitive, more interesting, harder to read, and told through the vehicle of one person’s path to mastery of their craft. I did cringe every time Herri I was surprised that I enjoyed this book fairly well. Second review Oh, wow.

Herrigel — was a German professor of philosophy, with a special interest in mysticism. Eugen Herrigel recounts his interesting experience training under a zen archery master in Japan.

And, of course, much of it is difficult to understand, and the process seems like a flower opening, petal by petal, until true understanding and not some sham facsimile is reached. You can feel his frustration every time he hits a wall, how much effort that he puts into breaking past these walls, his satisfaction upon finally getting it, his confusion over what his master is asking of him, and the underlying struggle of wrapping his head around detachment.

Herrigel has an accepting spirit towards and about unconscious control of outer activity Westerners heretofore considered wholly to be under conscious-waking control and direction. I’m sure I’d be a better person if I could just be in this way, but I never will, just like I will never be an Astronaut or a Fireman, and that’s okey dokey because the world needs anxiously high-strung neurotic people just as much as they need A painless book to read. Anyway, it’s either a memoir with embedded Zen musings, or a Zen tract with embedded autobiographical musings.


His politics to my mind is a warning that right practise of any kind does not immunize or of itself allow a person to transcend their circumstances. The target in the beginning was not the target, the centre of the target was Herrigel himself. Why is there no art in life anymore? La filosofia Zen mi infastidisce, ma da sempre mi attrae.

It’s interesting to read a book about Zen when it was still very new in the West. Walk past everything without noticing it, as if there were only one thing in the world that is important and real, and that is archery!

The book sets forth theories about motor learning. Oct 01, Marshall rated it liked it Recommends it for: In Britain Spring may well be here and with spring come the lambs new born, which means that Mothering Sunday is upon us view spoiler [ see there is a logic of sorts hide spoiler ] and naturally due to my bibilophila what better way of making the solemn day than by giving a book.

And not fear death.

Zen in the Art of Archery

The questions that trouble me about zen went on full ‘on’ mode during these chapters because they didn’t have the sensible voice of the author to ask them with us—like it did in the majority of the book. The path to achieving Zen a balance between the body and the mind is brilliantly explained by Professor Eugen Herrigel in this timeless account. No, I bought her a blood thirsty murder tale set in the Swedish Arctic full herrigeo moss, body parts, snow and police procedure, departing the bookshop well satisfied the feel arose and condensed in the nether regions of my brain where I don’t normally go that the things we do for entertainment can be a bit strange.

Isn’t it all that should exist?

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