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The Method of Zen

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A precise description of the techniques used in Zen training.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 12th 1974 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1960)
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Ana Luković
Jan 28, 2015 Ana Luković rated it did not like it
The low rating that I`ve given to this book doesn`t mean it`s in fact bad or even that I think it`s bad. It just reflects my personal impression and how I felt while reading it. I`m not even going to try to pretend that I`ve understood half of what was written. That would be an act of hypocrisy. Of course, a subject as deep and complex as Zen Buddhism is certainty not an easy one to grasp, at least not for me. If one wishes to understand it fairly well, a trip to Japan is inevitable. I did some ...more
May 22, 2010 Jake rated it liked it
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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. This brief volume is really more an addendum to that previous book than a work that stands on its own- I think it was published after Herrigel's death from a series of notes he had written on various aspects of Zen practice. For what it is, it isn't bad- although some of the prose suffers from translation from the German. I particularly liked Herrigel's descr ...more
John Mccullough
Feb 13, 2015 John Mccullough rated it it was amazing
Many do not seem to like this book. I found it extremely instructive although, along with "Zen in the Art of Archery" were my introductions to Zen.
Bornbazie Flame
May 29, 2014 Bornbazie Flame rated it really liked it
Good companion when your without your bag.
Ramesh Natarajan
Sep 13, 2011 Ramesh Natarajan rated it it was ok
I was bowled over by Zen in the Art of Archery, so I ordered this one straight away... About halfway through now. This one reads more like a textbook; no comparison with the first book. Anyway, Eugen Herrigel didn't exactly write this book - it's an edited form of his notes.
Jun 01, 2011 Vi rated it liked it
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A very brief book about Zen Buddhism written from an adept. The book is organized as a series of vignettes about meditation and enlightenment that loosely tie together. There is little explanation of how one achieves Zen.

Quick read, but not a very deep read.
Sep 22, 2013 Ivana added it
It is not possible to describe and explain Zen in words alone. Herrigel agrees with that, that's why he wrote Zen in the Art of Archery. After his death, The Method of Zen was published, from his compiled notes. And it explains Zen.
Jul 24, 2009 Tom rated it it was ok
nice overview of the whole process of a life devoted to zen. a bit dated in style, but nice to have a less ethereal book on the subject.
J. Harvey
Mar 28, 2009 J. Harvey rated it liked it
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Eh....caked with some less than useful information, a good primer for understanding Zen, not so much for practice.
Sep 18, 2009 John rated it liked it
Read this book if and only if you want to learn about Zen philosophy.
Dana Garrett
Aug 08, 2012 Dana Garrett rated it liked it
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Very basic overview of Zen practice. It's mostly pablum.
Oct 19, 2014 Reid rated it liked it
Decent, but not nearly as good as his classic.
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