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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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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.
Enjoy!

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Terrific!

This short listen is priceless. I will listen to it again & again. Serve & Be Served.

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  • H H Minis
  • SAVANNAH, GA, United States
  • 08-19-18

A brief peek back at early days of East and West

The introduction was a tough chew for me at first, but once I got into the first chapter, this book was a pleasure to both read and listen to.

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Good book, bad medium

Better to read this book instead of listen to it. it's short and more concentration is required.

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The Door of Understanding is Now Opened

Conscious Breathing assist's one to be in the NOW. I really enjoyed listening to this.

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  • Holly S
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  • 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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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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  • 07-29-18

such an eye opener

such a good book. i listen to quite a lot of books and this one has to be in my top 3 for the year. wonderful

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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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