29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
An excellent introduction to Zen,
By A Customer
This review is from: Zen in the Art of Archery: Training the Mind and Body to Become One (Arkana) (Paperback)
Whether you are interested in exploring Zen as a discipline or driven by curiosity, this short book is definitely worth a read. Eugen Herrigel's journey through the apprenticeship of archery in Japan - years of hard - and often frustrating - practice, learning to "let go" and achieving absolute focus on the task by eliminating all "distracting" self-centered concerns - are at the same time inspiring by the huge potential it suggests we all bear in ourselves and demystifying thanks to Herrigel's sober account of his experience. The prior reviewer says it right: quite appropriately given its theme, the beauty of this book lies in is simplicity. This is very welcome for what is an often misused and mis-understood topic.