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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

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  • Holly S
  • Lake Forest, IL United States
  • 10-11-17

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The narrators voice was fine when for half the story. However when he was speaking like the master his voice changed as was very grating and hard to listen to.

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Wonderful !

Would you listen to Zen in the Art of Archery again? Why?

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. <br/>Enjoy!

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Spiritual guide through pursuit of 'art'

loved it and enjoyed the narration and settle background music. Will listen to this more than once to envision the masters described teaching me in my physical pursuits leading me towards "the spirit" as referred to in the book.

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A classic in the art of Zen and sports psychology

The book was written 1948 so the style may seem strange at first but the book cuts straight through. If you are looking for theory then zen is not the path for you. I recommend listening to this book many times and letting it wash through you. Also you will need an art to experience the practice.

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Great short book

It was a good book. It's short, but the ideas presented will keep me listening to it again and again.

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I am finally closer to understanding Zen.

Delivered in unpretentious and clear way. As an archer, I will be returning to this book again and again.

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Good reading; slightly abridged

Well read, but cuts some passages that are valuable from the written text. I'd recommend having both.

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Wonderful recital of a treasured literature

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I enjoyed the tone, clarity and pace of the reading.

What other book might you compare Zen in the Art of Archery to and why?

I compare Zen and the Art of Archery to The Prophet because they are both books of inspiration and learning.

What about Ralph Blum’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed how Mr. Blum varied his tone for emphasis and how distinctly he spoke.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted to take my time to let the significance sink in.

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Profound!

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
Yangon, Myanmar

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ego and Hubris II

horrible book. money grab.
Zen BS Nothing to do with Archery
Pompous Author with nothing to add. Just a book for the sake of writing a book to say "I am an Author". Weak stuff.

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  • kevin
  • 06-18-15

The best

This is what you were looking for.
No need to look further you found it.

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  • Louis
  • 09-16-17

uniquely powerful.

Not just one of the greatest books on Zen but also one of the easiest to understand. The Insights in this book transcend all art forms to express something of the deeper truth in the heart of us all.

After this you should also read Zen Mind Beginners Mind... a deeper exploration of Zen philosophy.

The performance however, doesn't quite capture the nuance of the writen word, esp when it comes to the dialogue of the teacher. That's not a deal breaker though, just remember to listen through the voice.

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