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One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an 'artless art' growing out of the Unconscious. 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 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.
Since its original publication, Zen in the Art of Archery has become one of the classic works on Eastern philosophy. One of the most significant features we notice in the practice of archery, and in fact of all the arts as they are studied in Japan and probably also in other Far Eastern countries, is that they are not intended for utilitarian purposes only or for purely aesthetic enjoyments, but are meant to train the mind; indeed, to bring it into contact with the ultimate reality.
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If the problem persists, please try again in a little while. No cover image. Read preview. Synopsis "In this wonderful Suzuki "If one really wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge of it is not enough. Excerpt One of the most significant features we notice in the practice of archery, and in fact of all the arts as they are studied in Japan and probably also in other Far Eastern countries, is that they are not intended for utilitarian purposes only or for purely aesthetic enjoyments, but are meant to train the mind; indeed, to bring it into contact with the ultimate reality.
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Book review — Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
I have read so many books about the practice of Zen Buddhism that it is difficult to choose a particular one that influenced me. But the majority of the earlier books quickly became shadows, mere echoes of Zen in the Art of Archery. And not only because it is the first book to use the iconic title, copied by enthusiasts of everything from motorcycle maintenance to foosball. Yes, religious ritual, because in modern Japan archery is no longer a sport or combative skill. He discovers quickly that firing the arrows into the target is the easy part.
Zen in the Art of Archery
It is credited with introducing Zen to Western audiences in the late s and s. Herrigel — was a German professor of philosophy, with a special interest in mysticism. The book was translated into English in and Japanese in The book sets forth theories about motor learning.