Zen in the Art of Archery

Eugen Herrigel

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"Zen in the Art of Archery" by Eugen Herrigel explores the journey of a Westerner in understanding the essence of Zen through the practice of archery. Through the guidance of a master archer in Japan, Herrigel strives to transcend his own limitations and achieve a state of unity with the bow, arrow, and target.

Herrigel combats his ingrained Western mindset and undergoes rigorous and often frustrating training, focusing on his breath, body, and mind in every arrow he releases. The book reflects on the deep philosophical aspects of Zen, emphasizing the importance of presence, silence, and intuition in the archer's process.

Told with simplicity and elegance, Herrigel elucidates the transformational power of surrendering to the moment, letting go of the ego, and merging with the art itself. By embracing the Zen teachings, Herrigel discovers a new way of perceiving the world and uncovers profound insights into the nature of existence.

"Zen in the Art of Archery" serves as a profound meditation on the philosophy of Zen, inspiring readers to reflect on their own journey towards self-discovery, discipline, and inner peace. With its timeless wisdom and poetic prose, this book offers a unique perspective on the practice of archery, illuminating the transcendental power of the present moment and the unison of mind, body, and spirit.

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