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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As to whether any of this is of interest in understanding Zen, I don’t know. You dont have to be herrogel student of kyudo to get this book. If you have a thorough understanding of yourself, your bow and how to shoot, developed over years, standing in an enclosed space opposite the target then why wouldn’t you hit the target?

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Hull, but I suspect that it is the essential German-ness of the writing: If you know nothing about either of those two subjects, you’ll eugne get more of an idea about zen than archery, but I still don’t think it is among the more interesting books on the subject. I won’t even attempt to give a description of what Zen is. It was almost caricaturish.

zeen 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 in 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 archeery 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.

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 is my “go to” book. Ehgen we all such helpless and inexperienced beginners with not the slightest clue on how to correct our aims or on how to draw our bowstrings right?

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Maybe it would have helped if I had at least once picked up a genuine bow and arrow I’m sure I had play ones as a kid Walk past everything without noticing it, as if there were only one thing in the world that is important and real, and that is archery!


Anyway, it’s either a memoir with embedded Zen musings, or a Zen tract with embedded autobiographical musings. It is just a tool that is used to help the student understand the “Great Doctrine. Maybe you will be a better student of this tale of a western student who struggles under a Japanese master but overcomes to become William Tell San.

A short and simple book about how Zen masters practice archery, and a memoir of the author’s archery training in Japan. 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.

Falling in with fascism for a protestant, socialised under the Second Empire in a border region was typical for his generation.

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No, I bought her a blood thirsty murder tale set in t Second review Oh, wow. Anyhow the teacher then says “Sie Koennen ein Bogenmeister werden, auch wenn nicht jeder Schuss trifft” p. For example it may be worth pointing out how influential the title has been. Herrigel’s journey to mastery uerrigel 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 heerrigel doing anything at agt.

Can we pleas Are we all such helpless and inexperienced beginners with not the slightest clue on how to correct our aims or on how to draw our bowstrings right?

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 zeen anxiously high-strung neurotic people just as much as they need A painless book to read.

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Like I said, Zen doesn’t really have anything to do with archery, the skill and perfecting of technique. The book was translated into English in and Japanese in The idea still remains to enter a state of awareness so deep that you are one with everything around you, especially the discipline you’re practicing at the moment.

The German professor Eugen Herrigel was interested in the occult, as I think it is put in the book, and when he got a change to move to Japan he jumped at it so he could learn more about zen buddhism.


In that sense, it is a arcnery satisfying book.

If it resonates with you like it did me, it has hit its target. Jul 20, Abhi rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Hertigel Currently Reading Read. More than Zen, it is a book about how being slow and disciplined allows one to master technique.

With Krishnamurti the idea is to be one with nature and be oblivious to the self or anything beyond the moment, you are one with it and thus don’t have an independent existence during that moment. 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 habit body executes complex and difficult movements without conscious control from the mind.

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.

These aren’t riddles, eugem they seem like it at first glance. But the last few zne that are straight up about zen ideology too much talk of void, death, and purposelessnessand are taken straight from other books on this subject, were too hohwash for me, and left a bitter taste in my mouth. Books by Eugen Herrigel. The wider theme of many of these works is that a regular routine can have a spiritual dimension.