Donald Mitchell, a top 500 reviewer on Amazon, wrote a beautiful review of Zen in the Art of Archery, and you can read it on the Amazon page. Even though this book was first published in 1953, it’s still just as relevant today as it was the day that it came out. Written by the German philosopher Eugen Herrigel, this book describes the six years he spent in Japan, learning about zen through the art of archery.
It’s a short book, and an excellent introduction to zen style practices for anyone who knows little about the subject. What makes the book intriguing is that some of the ideas of zen run directly counter to eastern ideas about mastery and learning. To find out how they’re different, go pick up a copy of Zen in the Art of Archery and find out for yourself.
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