• Zen in the Art of Archery

  • By: Eugen Herrigel
  • Narrated by: Ralph Blum
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-27-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (285 ratings)

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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.
©1971 Eugen Herrigel (P)2005 Macmillan Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-04-13

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter S. on 04-02-18

Terrific!

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By kevin on 06-18-15

The best

This is what you were looking for.
No need to look further you found it.

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By Louis on 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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