Zen in the Art of Archery

Zen in the Art of Archery

Zen in the Art of Archery

Zen in the Art of Archery

Synopsis

"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

"If one really wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge of it is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an 'artless art' growing out of the Unconscious." 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 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. Since its original publication, Zen in the Art of Archery has become one of the classic works on Eastern philosophy.

Excerpt

One of the most significant features we notice in the practice of archery, and in fact of all the arts as they are studied in Japan and probably also in other Far Eastern countries, is that they are not intended for utilitarian purposes only or for purely aesthetic enjoyments, but are meant to train the mind; indeed, to bring it into contact with the ultimate reality. Archery is, therefore, not practiced solely for hitting the . . .

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