Zen in the Art of Archery

  • by Eugen Herrigel
  • Narrated by Ralph Blum
  • 1 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


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Boring Book

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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- Alvin

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.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio