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Zen in the Art of Archery
By Eugen Herrigel
4.4 out of 5 stars (157 Reviews)
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Publisher:  Vintage Books
Edition:  Later Prin
Published:  January 26, 1999
Binding:  Paperback
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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.

"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

 
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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Five Stars, November 30, 2015
By Matthew Bernier
Excellent

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3.0 out of 5 stars.  Slow going, October 31, 2015
By elaine jo
The translation was onerous at times.
I had to slow down in an attempt to understand the art of zen.
How to be. How to do without thinking.
I liked that the master gave his student a bow. There was power in the energy.

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1.0 out of 5 stars.  It's like reading the Oxford Dictionary for bombastic folks, October 06, 2015
By debra carlsen
Too many big headed, complicated words to really explain simple things. It's like reading the Oxford Dictionary for bombastic folks. If you like a ton of extra words that really don't add to the story but go along ways in convincing you that the author must be the driest and longwinded fella, then this is for you. If you want simple stories that can be easily understood then no, move along.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Very pleased, September 25, 2015
By Phyllis J. Plotkin
I was very satisfied with the order. There were no problems.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  It's a good book but be a good reader, September 03, 2015
By Len Esparza
It's a good book but be a good reader. The prose is in the style of mid century European. Add to that the difficulty in understanding some of the dialog between the two main characters. However if you can get through it then you'll have great insight into Zen, one of the elements of the Buddhists eight fold path.
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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars.  Provided understand of Zen and its practice., September 01, 2015
By AMHreads
I finally understand why people engage in Zen activities. Excellent book, very readable.

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