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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His master stresses this over and over – that any technical training available to Herrigel pales in comparison to the long-term gain that comes from abandoning himself to the skill. In another moment that I thought particularly fine when Herrigel shoots well his teacher breaks off the lesson and sends him home – he didn’t want Herrigel to be distracted by reversion to the mean. Most never range more than pages but they never fail to send my brain round in circles trying to really comprehend what I just read.

The relationship between archery and Zen that Herrigel presents can be criticised on at least three grounds: 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. It was assigned to me first as a textbook for art class. Oh that we could all train under a zen master. There are bits that might have been humorous if they were not so heavily narrated, but they were.

As I was saying, perfectly normal reading. This may sound cheesy, but it also reminded me herrigl the jedi in Star Wars. Some of my favorite quotes from a practical perspective are below.

The arrow fires when it is time for it to be fired, and your meddling with the teh will only serve to get in the way example: It’s interesting to read a book about Zen when it was still very new in the West.


Let the people from a culture tell their stories.

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For me from my sadly limited experience of archery the incident is a demonstration of a thoroughly practical nature. Many persons had recommended this little book over the years of high school fhe college, it being one of the canon of the counterculture like the novels of Kurt Vonnegut, the meditations of Alan Watts eugfn the more scholarly essays of D. It is more a guide to Zen principles and learning and perfect for practitioners and non-practitioners alike. It was mostly the relationship between the two men that I felt was interesting.

The i of relaxed attention was interesting to me. With regards to that book, this one is superior in pretty much every way, almost the point where I am embarrassed to have read Inner Game first. Six of one; I suspect that the need to pick one over the other would be un-Zennish.

Zen in the Art of Archery

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 tranquil calm folks.

Zen in the Art of Archery also relates to the ” inner child ” idea in humanistic psychology. Reading about Zen doesn’t translate so well. Both Herrigel and Gallwey approach sport and life as opportunities for learning inner cooperation. 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.

For anyone remotely creatively-inclined, this book is a must-read. View all 12 comments.

Focus your minds on what happens in the practice hall. This, too, you must practice unceasingly. I’ll get to that someday, after I die, b Maybe it would have helped if I had at least once on up a genuine bow and arrow I’m sure I had play ones as a kid I’m just not into the Zen thing. I absolutely love this book.


The master makes a present of his allegedly best bow to the student view spoiler [ we’ve only got Herrigal’s word for it hide spoiler ] when it is time for him after six or so years to return to Germany view spoiler [ I guess in those days one could still take a bow on board an aeroplane as hand luggage view spoiler [ but not on to a Zeppelin, that would just be asking for trouble hide spoiler ] hide spoiler ] One can see in this an episode of the meeting or miscommunication between East and West, specifically that Japan became entranced with it’s own medieval marital heritage as a result of exposure to the European Gothic revival – the Japanese liked all the castles and the knights and armour, but felt that the whole Romantic side with long-haired pre-Raphaelite ladies was all a bit soppy and not martial enough -their taste was for fewer Ladies in Lakes and more decapitations.

Someone who might want to know more about this eastern spirituality and might even want to attain it himself but who is too set in the western way of thinking and being with a focus on conscious and will power, which act as roadblocks on this journey. Trivia About Zen in the Art of Freccette alcoliche dopo il secondo giro, chi perde paga il terzo.

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