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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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I was not interested in Archery and found it difficult to get into the right mindset to labor on. I am not sure how far Herrigel’s accommodation to the NS wrchery went, he was made Rector of the university of Erlangen during the 30s which suggests he was at the very least regarded as a safe pair of hands.

Zen in the Art of Archery

It’s applications as many as there are things in one’s Whenever I take on a new task or start studying something new, I find that this rat my “go to” book. For anyone remotely creatively-inclined, this book is a must-read. Still it was an okay read. Reading about Zen doesn’t translate so well. This too, is where Archery finds it’s intersection with Zen – in the cultivation of a detached, egoless state; to think without tne, to understand without understanding, to fire an arrow without firing it.

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And, of course, much of it is difficult to understand, and the process seems like a flower opening, petal by petal, until true understanding and not some sham facsimile is reached.

Zen, when I first met it, seemed to validate Rimbauds “derrangement of the senses” and Blake’s “path of excess” procedures. View all 16 comments. I did cringe every time Herrigel refers to being something and not-something, or focusing and not-focusing, or the Karate-kid mumbo jumbo of ‘not hitting the target, but hitting oneself become one with the target’ kind of thing. You dont have to be a student of kyudo to get this book.


His breathing, stance, relaxation and grip. For this is what the art of archery means: I resisted, partly because it was so popular, another herd-phenomenon, and partly because it was about archery of all things. I’m sure I’d be a better person if I could just be in this way, but Tye never will, just srt 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.

Herrigel’s journey to mastery over the art of archery is one characterized by progressively growing more skilled at losing himself in the skill, in dissolving into the actions he’s performing to the point where it’s almost like he isn’t doing anything at all. Hereigel in the Art of Archerypublished inis his entertaining account of the process of learning archery.

See 1 question about Zen in the Art of Archery…. There are bits that might have been humorous if they were ni so heavily narrated, but they were.

No, Sugen bought her a blood thirsty murder tale set in t Second review Oh, wow. Focus your minds on what happens in the practice hall.

Nearly two years later I had a nagging feeling that I was ready to give it a try so I plucked it from the book shelf and started reading. You must free yourself from the buffetings of pleasure and pain, and learn to rise above them in easy equanimity, to rejoice as though not you but another had shot well. Since Herrigal was over forty when he started his archery studies we can see this a mid-life crisis book – you’ve heard of buying the motorbike, the sport’s car or if you can afford it – a divorce and a disgracefully younger wife, but let us add Archery to the list as an attempt to recapture the illusion of lost youth etc, etc.

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Jul 20, Abhi rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 14 comments. Near the end, he briefly explores swordplay through aet same lens which also had a great deal of interesting ideas in it.


It is just a tool that is used to help the student understand the “Great Doctrine.

The main point is that it is an exhaustive process, he spends years practising drawing the bow until he holds the tension of the bow not in the muscles but eugeb the breath, after this he is allowed to graduate to releasing the arrow, not shooting properly, but releasing it into a target that is a couple of meters away only when the bow is at maximum tension at which point the arrow must slip free like snow slipping off a banana leaf, until then the fingers grip the arrow as a small child grips an adult’s finger until it sees something more attractive to grab.

The questions that trouble me about zen went on full ‘on’ mode during these chapters because they didn’t have acrhery sensible voice of the author to ask them with us—like it did in the majority of the book.

You have become a different person in the course of these years. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In which case this book is a German response to a Japanese response to a European fantasy of a mythic past. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Jul 08, Adrian Colesberry rated it really liked it. With Zen the idea is to learn the same through the medium of an associated Zen takes Buddhism a step beyond the simple dictums of Theravada. Want to Read saving…. I was surprised that I arcgery this book fairly well.