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Zen in the Art of Archery

Zen in the Art of Archery
Your Price: $10.95 CDN
Author: Eugen Herrigel
Publisher: Vigeo Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 76
Pub. Date: 2018
ISBN-10: 1941129943
ISBN-13: 9781941129944

About the Book:

An illuminating account of how to understand Zen through archery.

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.

Zen in the Art of Archery sets forth theories about motor learning and control that provide lessons for learning any sport or physical activity. For example, a central idea in the book is that through years of practice, a physical activity becomes effortless both mentally and physically, as if the body executes complex and difficult movements without conscious control from the mind.

About the Author:

Eugen Herrigel (1884-1955) was a German professor who taught philosophy at the University of Tokyo between the wars. In endeavouring to become a Zen mystic, he penetrated deeply and personally into the theory and practice of Zen Buddhism and subjected himself to the rigorous discipline of training with a Zen Master for six years. Zen in the Art of Archery is the account of this experience.