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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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Astounding

The narrator was perfect for this book. The way this subject was approached was superb

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Easy listen and interesting

As an established archer i found it exceptionally interesting to hear the views and experiences of this particular author.

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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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  • 04-12-13

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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  • laurie
  • 15-05-20

Valuable as a photographer, and human

I’m no archer. I make photos, for myself and for a living. In recent years I’ve been more intentional with my study, which has improved in many ways my photography. However, I have felt myself become more stuttered, hesitant, exacting in my techniques. Recently I’ve sought to let go, to care less. So it was fortunate that this book was recommended by a photographer whom I admire—Joel Meyerowitz. I think I should listen two or three or many more times to this. But already I feel myself changing, snapping away without fear and hesitation more, though not always. May it help you find your innocence in whatever you endeavor.

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  • M. T. P.
  • 12-09-19

It is a good introduction to Zen.

I got interested in this book by reading about the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, that considered this text to be the ultimate book for taking photos. I do disagree with him, it is not just for the camera savvy user, but to all kind of persons willing to get into “the zone” (where we maximize our performance). And how to get there. It does not tell you how, but gives you several clues. It is just the first step on a long inner trip.

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  • Alexander
  • 11-05-19

Amazing book on art!

This is a book for all artists of all kind. Just replace the word archery with name of your art and replace bow and arrow with what you use to express yourself.

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  • Peter S.
  • 02-04-18

Terrific!

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-03-20

well narrated

A classic and very well performed. simple to listen and an novel to the mind.

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  • Russell Osborne
  • 28-01-20

Short and dense

I think I’ll need to listen this this a few times to understand better how to apply it to my life, but basically I know that I need to trust the tools and routines in my life that will serve me.

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  • Michael
  • 10-01-20

All Encompassing Truth

"It" is one's own original and nameless essence. This all encompassing truth is met over and over again as the upmost possibility of Being. One must conquer the last and steepest stretch of the Way and undergo new transformations to achieve it. If one survives its perils one's destiny is fulfilled. Realize your true essence, behold the unbroken truth, emerge from it reborn. This audiobook reveals that this is a path worth pursuing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-19

Audible book with an identity crisis

Yeah, the message itself is reasonable - there are better books on Zen Buddhism, some good points however the most annoying narrator ever with a weird quasi attempt at an almost Hindustani accent whilst quoting the Japanese master and the music in the book was Indian - so it annoyed me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-12-18

Why do Narrators change their voice to Daffy Duck

Why do narrators change their voice to Daffy Duck when they narrate the voice of a Japanese ?

The author insists in his introduction that he will refrain from describing the settings and above all refrain from sketching a portrait of the master.

It's really frustrating to listen to at times.