Zen In The Art Of Archery by Eugen HerrigelZen In The Art Of Archery by Eugen Herrigel

Zen In The Art Of Archery

byEugen HerrigelIntroduction byDaisetz T. Suzuki

Paperback | January 26, 1999

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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.
Eugen Herrigel was a German professor who taught philosophy at the University of Tokyo between the wars. In endeavoring to become a Zen mystic, he penetrated deeply and personally into the theory and practice of Zen Buddhism and subjected himself to the rigorous discipline of training with a Zen Master for six years. Zen in the Art of ...
Title:Zen In The Art Of ArcheryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:96 pages, 8 × 5.14 × 0.3 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.14 × 0.3 inPublished:January 26, 1999Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375705090

ISBN - 13:9780375705090


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zen in the Art of Archery A beautiful book. Herrigel avoids wordy abstractions and presents his experiences simply and directly - and as a student of both Zen and philosophy, I admired his straightforwardness. The final section of the book, a summary of Takuan's celebrated letter on the art of swordsmanship, is marvelous - I find myself reading it over and over again. A perfect companion piece to Alan Watts' classic "The Way of Zen," in that it provides a first-hand account of the experience that Watts presents in more philosophical terms. Anyone even remotely interested in Zen or Eastern philosophy in general should read this.
Date published: 2001-01-23

From Our Editors

A professor of philosophy who lived in Japan for six years, Herrigel decided to learn archery as a way to understand the deeply felt traditions of Zen in Asian life. The result was this book, first published in 1953. By learning archery under a Zen master in Tokyo, Herrigel was able not only to come closer to appreciating the intricacies and subtleties of Zen in everyday life and practice, but also to make it approachable to the Western reader. This edition of Zen in the Art of Archery is a special reprint of the definitive Zen text.

Editorial Reviews

“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