Zen in the Art of Archery Author:Eugen Herrigel "In the case of archery, the hitter and the hit are no longer two opposing objects, but are one reality. the archer ceases to be conscious of himself as the one who engaged in hitting the bull's-eye which confront him. the state of unconsciousness is realized only when , completely empty and rid of the self, he becomes one with the perfecting of... more » his technical skill, though there is in it something of a quite different order which cannot be attained by any progressives study of the art..."
"In this wonderful little book, Mr. Herrigel, a German philosopher who came to Japan and took up the practice of archery toward an understanding of Zen, gives an illuminating account of his own experience. Through this expression, the Western reader will find a more familiar manner of dealing with what very often must seem to be a strange and somewhat unapproachable Eastern experience."
––from the introduction by Daisetz T. Suzuki« less