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Zen in the Art of Archery Audiobook

Zen in the Art of Archery

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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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    Amazon Customer COLCHESTER, CT, United States 12-04-13
    Amazon Customer COLCHESTER, CT, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2013
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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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    Michael 06-26-17
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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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    S. Toombs Va, USA 06-25-17
    S. Toombs Va, USA 06-25-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Zinjanthropus 06-04-17

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    "WAY out of touch, ignorant and self-aggrandizing"
    What would have made Zen in the Art of Archery better?

    If the author demonstrated more cultural awareness and sensitivity, and were more realistic about the historical significance of his experience, then this book might be readable.


    What could Eugen Herrigel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    (1) Don't refer to asians as "orientals" (2) Don't tell us that in 2011 you are the first European to learn about Zen. (3) Don't say that you've learned such unique wisdom from your japanese archery master, that the world will benefit from buying your book, when you've never even learned to speak with him without an interpreter - maybe there was a reason he didn't say much, you think?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    irritation, disbelief, anger


    Any additional comments?

    you can't just put "zen" on a novel and expect it to be profound, or well-written.

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    Jermaine McGruder 05-28-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Daniyar Abenov 04-13-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Patrick Gilmour NY, USA 03-06-16
    Patrick Gilmour NY, USA 03-06-16 Member Since 2013

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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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    Lawrence H. Welch Alexandria, VA USA 02-11-13
    Lawrence H. Welch Alexandria, VA USA 02-11-13
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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Alvin 01-21-14
    Alvin 01-21-14
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was a very boring book. I did not expect this book to be so lame.


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    "The best"

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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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