This intriguing, influential work of literature - an outstanding way to experience Zen - is now available in audio.
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.
©1971 Eugen Herrigel (P)2005 Macmillan Audio
This book was a wonderful listen for me. The performance was wonderful and if you are walking and listening to this book (not in a hurry) it slowly becomes your companion and a powerful, caring teacher.
A Western mind in intensive meditation practice in Myanmar, with the meditation object being pain, can be daunting. Especially when you begin to question the methods of the teacher and the very few instructions provided. My certainty was in the fact that the teacher was undoubtedly a master and I was changing rapidly. So in trust I continued. And then the universe led me to Mr Herrigel's profound book on Zen and Archery. Within an hours time I had answers to my basic questions realizing that the true focus of my practice is not the quality of the meditation skill but achievement of detachment, as instructed by Buddha, putting me on the road to Nirvana.
I am grateful!
Sharon Caulder PhD
Well read, but cuts some passages that are valuable from the written text. I'd recommend having both.
I enjoyed the tone, clarity and pace of the reading.
I compare Zen and the Art of Archery to The Prophet because they are both books of inspiration and learning.
I enjoyed how Mr. Blum varied his tone for emphasis and how distinctly he spoke.
No, I wanted to take my time to let the significance sink in.
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