This intriguing, influential work of literature—an outstanding way to experience Zen—is now available on cd
It is almost impossible to understand Zen by studying it as you would other intellectual pursuits. The best way to understand Zen is, simply, to Zen. This is what author Eugen Herrigel allows us to do by sharing his own fascinating journey toward a comprehension of this illuminating philosophy. In Japan, an art such as archery is not practiced solely for utilitarian purposes such as learning to hit targets. Archery is also meant to train the mind and bring it into contact with the ultimate reality. If one really wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge of it is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an “artless art” growing out of the Unconsciousness. In this way, as the author simply, clearly demonstrates, archery becomes a path to greater understanding and enlightenment.
EUGEN HERRIGEL (1884-1955), a German professor who taught philosophy at the University of Tokyo, penetrated deeply and personally into the theory and practice of Zen Buddhism. In endeavoring to become a Zen mystic, he experienced the rigorous discipline of training with a Zen Master for six years.,“In this wonderful little book, Mr. Herrigel, a German philosopher who came to Japan and took up the practice of archery toward an understanding of Zen, gives an illuminating account of his own experience. Through his expression, the western reader will find a more familiar manner of dealing with what very often must seem to be a strange and somewhat unapproachable Eastern experience.” —D.T. Suzuki, author of Zen in Japanese Culture
Zen in the Art of Archery was published on May 12, 2005.The Zen in the Art of Archery Audiobook is 201 hours and 40 minutes. Speechify has the Abridged edition version of the audiobook.
Both the publication language and the narration language are in English.
Zen in the Art of Archery includes the following subjects: Buddhism / Zen (see also PHILOSOPHY / Zen). The BISAC Subject Code is Body, Mind & Spirit, Inspiration & Personal Growth.
The author of Zen in the Art of Archery is Eugen Herrigel.
The narrator for the Zen in the Art of Archery Audiobook is Ralph Blum.