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Zen in the Art of Archery

Narrated by: Ralph Blum
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (50 ratings)
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Summary

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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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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No need to look further you found it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-18

great book

short but so worth it.
make you think and great for any art or practice

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  • Amir Fassihi
  • 21-10-18

Single flaw in narrator

I wished the narrator did not act the voice of the master and simply read it with his normal voice. Instead of a Japanese accent he seems to be Indian.

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  • H H Minis
  • 19-08-18

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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  • Jacob Weinberg
  • 27-07-18

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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  • James WFE Mooney
  • 18-03-18

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
  • 11-10-17

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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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  • Michael
  • 26-06-17

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.