Book from the Archaeological Survey of IndiaCentral Archaeological Library, New DelhiBook Number: Book Title: Method of ZenBook. A precise description of the techniques used in Zen training. The author investigates the philosophy, methodology, and cultural manifestations of Zen Buddhism, drawing upon his six years of training in Japan.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Feb 13, John Mccullough rated it it was amazing.

It is not possible to describe and explain Zen in words alone. Mar 28, J.

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Ryl rated it really liked it Aug 31, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I would assume this book does a good job of introducing the the method of Zen. Of course, a subject as deep and complex as Zen Buddhism is certainty not an easy one to grasp, at least not for me. I recommend sticking to “Zen in the Art of Archery. I particularly liked Herrigel’s description of satori, which of course is a kind of oxymoron, since satori is one thing that cannot ever be described.


Suddenly a low rumbling was heard, and we felt a gentle heaving under our feet. I was spell-bound – I don’t know by what – as though nothing could kf to me. It reduces Zen to words.

I have a difficult time with the idea of a master, pastor, guru, etc. According to Gershom Scholem “Herrigel joined the Nazi Party after the outbreak of the war and some of his former friends in Frankfurt, who broke with him over this issue, told me about his career as a convinced Nazi, when I enquired about him in I love the idea of remaining nuetral although you may disagree with someone’s actions.

Jan 27, Dillon rated it liked it.

Views Read Edit View history. Might have been better had I read ‘Zen in the Art of Archery’ first. It is posthumously written from notes and although mildly interesting, lacking in the wonder of Zen in the Art of Archery.

Heerrigel Method of Zen provides an academic and theoretical analysis of Zen.

In herrigel meantime I was informed that it was not so easy to penetrate more deeply into Zen, because Zen had no theory and no dogma.

Herrigel, the author’s wife who studied Japanese flower arranging and were published in German under the title Der Zen-Weg. I wanted to tell hte colleague with whom I had been talking to hurry up, when I noticed to my astonishment that he was sitting there unmoved, hands folded, eyes nearly closed, as though none of it concerned him.

Eugen Herrigel

Herrigel agrees with that, that’s why he wrote Zen in the Art of Archery. I only read this book out of curiosity, not because I believed I could possibly understand the logic or faith behind it just by reading it. Books by Eugen Herrigel. Still, I learned from reading this short book and am glad I took the time to read it. This page was last edited on 4 Augustat Aug 16, Dawn rated it it was amazing Shelves: For what it is, it isn’t bad- although some of the prose suffers from translation from the German.


This book introduced me to Zen 27 years ago. This advice l followed. Harvey rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 16, Wayward Child rated it did not like it. Decent, but not nearly as good as his classic.

Awa” in the first sentence of the third paragraph in section II of the essay German professor Eugen Herrigel taught philosophy at the University of Tokyo during the first half of the twentieth century.

It was first published in the author’s native language and then later translated into English. With the terror still chilling my limbs, I asked myself rather: