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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For my part I was quite unable to pay attention, and probably gave stupid answers.

Refresh and try again. This advice l followed.

I wonder whether Professor Herrigel would have approved. I was advised to turn to one of the arts which were most strongly influenced by Zen, and thus to make contact with it by a slow and roundabout route.

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For what it is, it isn’t bad- although some of the prose suffers from translation from the German. Nov 08, Reid rated it liked it Shelves: Edoardo Ghermandi rated it really liked it Sep 12, 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.

Although I had read about Zen before, and heard a few things about it, I had only the vaguest idea of the subject. Good companion when your without your bag. It just reflects my personal impression and how I felt while reading it. I would assume this book does a good job of introducing the the method of Zen. Might have been better had I read ‘Zen in the Art of Archery’ first.


And it explains Zen. We were having tea together in a restaurant on the fifth floor of a hotel. The book definitely made me think. It reduces Zen to words.

This was not mentioned in some biographical notes on Herrigel published by his widow, who built up his image as one concerned with the higher spiritual sphere only.

Most religions seem to have this type of person, that has a special connection that they cannot easily explain and seem to hold over the head of their followers, students, flock, etc.

Paul’s famous words on the topic from “One” Corinthians Thirteen. It is posthumously written from notes and although mildly interesting, lacking in the wonder of Zen in the Art of Archery. Herrigel agrees with that, that’s why he wrote Zen in the Art of Archery.

The bit on meditation was hrlpful. The swaying and creaking, and the crash of objects, became more hereigel more pronounced. Oct 16, Wayward Child rated it did not like it.

The Method of Zen

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The hope of penetrating into Zen- which had made my decision to go to Japan very much easier – changed, as a result of this dramatic experience, into the intention to start without further delay.


Jul 24, Tom rated it it was ok. After his death, The Method of Zen was published, from his compiled notes. Ian Vance rated it liked it Jul 13, It is not possible to describe and explain Zen in words alone. However, the book Zen Arrow, Zen Bow: 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. Amerika no zen wo kataru”.

Eugen Herrigel

Feb 13, John Mccullough rated it it was amazing. These notes were selected and edited by Hermann Tausend in collaboration with Gusty L.

These were collected, edited and revised by Alan Watts, Hermann Tausend, and others; and published as this book. Trivia About The Method of Zen. If you enjoyed his first book, this will be of interest as well. Decent, but not metuod as good as his classic. I particularly liked Herrigel’s descr I picked up this book because I enjoyed Herrigel’s “Zen in the Art of Archery”, which is one of the best books on Buddhism that I’ve read.

I methox that anyone, through lifes experiences and gathering knowledge can obtain “enlightenment”. Harvey rated it liked it Shelves: