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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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! Herrigel — was a German professor of philosophy, with a special interest in mysticism.

Apr 22, Helina Sommer rated it it was amazing. Later literature either discusses balancing the “inner game” and the “outer game” or counseling approaches to accessing, communicating and collaborating with the eugrn child beyond sports.

Zen, when I first met it, seemed to validate Rimbauds “derrangement of the senses” and Blake’s “path of excess” procedures. It would seem from Herrigel’s book, that there is no one path to Zen and the absolute: Let the people from a culture tell their stories.

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 their craft.

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But the last few chapters that are straight up abo The book in itself was fine but it was the ideology of zen itself that didn’t sit well with me, hence 3 stars. I loved this book! It reminded me of An Experiment in Mindfulness.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. This we know from Robin Hood is very good and Herrigel’s feel for the event is mystical. Herrigel was a professor of philosophy in Germany when he was invited to teach Western philosophy at the Imperial University at Sendai.

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Published by Vintage first published Views Read Edit View history. Herrigel spent several years learning what he needed to learn before his teacher considered it was time for him to shot over the normal thirty meter distance. 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. 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.

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I’m just not into the Zen thing. 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.

To really know I think you have to experience it, you have to go through years of training like the author, Eugen Herrigel did. Hey guys, would anyone be interested in doing a collaborative book review together? Even that bit of rambling is probably a terrible representation of the art.

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. Freccette alcoliche dopo il secondo giro, chi perde paga il terzo. 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.


Still it was an okay read. I failed to see a genuine learning in the voice of the author. These aren’t riddles, although they seem like it at first glance. And in the summer I want to read it again, just to remind myself of ‘it’.

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Focus your minds on what happens in the practice hall. I know it did have certain power when it was originally published.

You can feel his frustration every time he hits a wall, how much effort that he puts into breaking past these walls, his satisfaction upon finally getting it, his confusion over what his master is asking of him, and the underlying struggle of wrapping his head around detachment.

Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Some bits are more clear than others, I will say, but there are plenty of passages I end up reading more than once. Despite some of the language in this book being reverent on the unknowableI think a lot of it might perhaps be better described as the unconscious.

The two for me are linked in an interest in the deeply practical.