EUGEN HERRIGEL ZEN IN THE ART OF ARCHERY PDF

One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an 'artless art' growing out of the Unconscious. 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.

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I have read so many books about the practice of Zen Buddhism that it is difficult to choose a particular one that influenced me. But the majority of the earlier books quickly became shadows, mere echoes of Zen in the Art of Archery.

And not only because it is the first book to use the iconic title, copied by enthusiasts of everything from motorcycle maintenance to foosball. Yes, religious ritual, because in modern Japan archery is no longer a sport or combative skill. He discovers quickly that firing the arrows into the target is the easy part. Doing it properly, effortlessly, with Zenlike confidence and relaxation was the difficult part.

How can we do that? He is the bow, the arrow, the target, and the process connecting them all. This simple but moving book helped me understand more deeply and surely the practice of Zen than any other. Indeed, that is what so many other books muddle or blur. Zen Buddhism is a practice, not a belief.

Whether in a monastery or at an archery range, an unsui learns this quickly and never forgets. I have found my own practice, not in archery like Herrigel, but in other arts, and wish sometimes that he had not written this book. Because if I try to write my own Zen in the Art of book, my effort will no doubt seem like another of those pale, ghostly attempts to match it. Eric D. Lehman teaches creative writing at the University of Bridgeport and his work have been published in dozens of journals and magazines.

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Book review — Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel

I have read so many books about the practice of Zen Buddhism that it is difficult to choose a particular one that influenced me. But the majority of the earlier books quickly became shadows, mere echoes of Zen in the Art of Archery. And not only because it is the first book to use the iconic title, copied by enthusiasts of everything from motorcycle maintenance to foosball. Yes, religious ritual, because in modern Japan archery is no longer a sport or combative skill. He discovers quickly that firing the arrows into the target is the easy part. Doing it properly, effortlessly, with Zenlike confidence and relaxation was the difficult part.

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Zen in the Art of Archery

It is credited with introducing Zen to Western audiences in the late s and s. Herrigel — was a German professor of philosophy, with a special interest in mysticism. The book was translated into English in and Japanese in The book sets forth theories about motor learning. Herrigel has an accepting spirit towards and about unconscious control of outer activity that Westerners heretofore considered to be wholly under conscious-waking control and direction. 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 physical memory today known as "muscle memory" executes complex and difficult movements without conscious control from the mind. Both Herrigel and Gallwey approach sport and life as opportunities for learning inner cooperation.

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