Zen in the Art of Archery

Zen in the Art of Archery

Book - 1999
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A classic work on Eastern philosophy, Zen in the Art of Archery is a charming and deeply illuminating story of one man's experience with Zen. 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 book 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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1999, c1981
ISBN: 9780375705090
Branch Call Number: Philosophy & Religion 294.3927 Her


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First I ever saw this zen classic was over at my uncle's house in Pacifica, California. He left a closet full of his books after he passed from exposure in the Santa Cruz Mountains. After John Lennon was assassinated (not long before Ronald Reagan--former governor of California---was to be inaugurated), I tried to recuperate partially there. The cover of the book looked nothing like the library's copy, but the real gen still waits within, for those with open minds. Can you clear that busy mind, with all its preoccupations and agendas, and simply concentrate on taking the bow string into your thumb and finger, and release the arrow, at the exact perfect time, but not using your conscious mind? "There followed weeks and months of fruitless practice. I could take my standard again and again from the way the Master shot, see with my own eyes the nature of the correct loose; but not a single one succeeded."//// Rest in Peace, George Simon; Rest in Peace, John Winston Ono Lennon." Hoyen of Gosozen (died 1140) says, 'Here is a man who, turning the emptiness of space into a sheet of paper, the waves of the ocean into an inkwell, and Mount Sumeru into a brush, writes these five characters: SO-SHI-SAI-RAI-I. To such, i spread my zagu and make my profound bow.' "

Mar 09, 2019

Hitting the target is a byproduct of getting the form - from Jason Francisco's photography class 2012.

Aug 12, 2012

A "book a day" calendar selection; I think Tao of Pooh is more my speed. Much here to come back to someday.


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