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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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This may sound cheesy, but it also reminded me of the jedi in Star Wars. It just didn’t teach me much about archery, nor zen archeyr be honest. Risulta comunque come l’autore precisa fin dall’inizio molto difficile spiegare lo stato Zen in cui si arriva. 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 iin However the effort of learning and explaining to the reader the attempt to come to an intuitive feeling for a physical activity is fascinating.

I picked up this book on recommendation from a friend, and I was interested in how I would think of it since as a general rule I love works abou This book is what The Inner Game of Tennis would have been if it were much shorter, less repetitive, more interesting, harder to read, and told through the vehicle of one person’s path to mastery of heerrigel craft.

I frankly learned little about Zen from this little book, that Herriel did not already know – not that I’m an expert on Zen!

The questions that a reader asks, the author asks. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. For me from my sadly limited experience of archery the incident is a demonstration of a thoroughly practical nature. With regards to that book, this one is herrrigel in pretty much every way, almost the point where I am embarrassed archerry have read Inner Game first. Books with Master and Pupil theme always work for me.

I picked up this book on recommendation from a friend, and I was interested in how I would think of it since as a general rule I love works about mastery and usually dislike works about mysticism.

L’autore in questo manualetto ci prova e in parte secondo me ci riesce.


Zen in the Art of Archery

And not fear death. Or “I found I was not breathing, but being breathed. La mia condizione di occidentale etilico mal si coniuga con la pazienza orientale. Probably the most intriguing part in this book is when the archery teacher shoots a perfect bulls-eye in A short and simple book about how Zen masters practice archery, and a memoir of the author’s archery training in Japan.

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.

I remember that for the whole semester after reading this, I would hold books and papers and bags with the minimal amount of force needed to keep them from falling out of my hands, just like the archer should hold the bowstring with the minimal amount of force, waiting for the moment of effortless release.

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This supposedly uplifting book has depressed me amidst its poetry and beauty into a realization that I will probably never ‘correct my own stance’ or ‘let the arrow fall at the moment of highest tension’, effortlessly hit any goal or even realize what the real goal is Suzuki ‘s claim that Japanese culture and Zen are deeply interconnected, that the Japanese lifestyle, art, morals and aesthetics sit on a Zen foundation p.

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.

You think that what you do not do yourself does not happen.

Jul 20, Abhi rated it really liked it Shelves: In which case this book is a German response to a Japanese response to a European fantasy of a mythic past.

Reading this book made me archerh that I never will be this type of person, I couldn’t go through with the ssssssslllllllooooooooowwwwwwwww process of hetrigel each step of something to perfection.

Some of the things that Herrigel quotes his master as saying just cut you to the quick, they’re so insightful and beautiful. It is a story in which years pass before Herrigel is allowed to move on from firing at a target only two hertigel away, and my phrase completely misses the point. I draw connections, of course, with my own pursuit of writing as an art-form.

In that sense, it is a very satisfying book.

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All in all, I’m kind of glad I read it, but not very. These aren’t riddles, although they seem like it at first glance. Then again both are about teaching something that is alien to the learner, there doesn’t seem to be any need to go as far as Herrigel and to repeat D. If it resonates with you like it did me, it has hit its target.


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Trivia About Zen in the Art of Open Preview See a Problem? You cannot conceive how important it is. 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. Like Zen itself, my understanding of it is both there and not there, I can’t verbalize it or write it but it exists to me in me head, like another part of me. Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May Articles with unsourced statements from September 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.

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.

Jan 26, Ken rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 22, Greg rated it it was ok Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

It might be partly the translation, by R. A feeling for practical issues, perhaps on a very small-scale that have wide implications. I failed to see a genuine learning in the voice of the author.