Eugen Herrigel - Quotes

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The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede. ---->>>

He grows daily more capable of following any inspiration without technical effort, and also of letting inspiration come to him through meticulous observation. ---->>>

Assuming that his talent can survive the increasing strain, there is one scarcely avoidable danger that lies ahead of the pupil on his road to mastery. ---->>>

Far from wishing to awaken the artist in the pupil prematurely, the teacher considers it his first task to make him a skilled artisan with sovereign control of his craft. ---->>>

This means that the mind or spirit is present anywhere, because it is nowhere attached to any particular place. And it can remain present because, even when related to this or that object, it does not cling to it by reflection and thus lose its original mobility. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: German
Born: 1885
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Die: 06-21, 2015
Occupation: Philosopher
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Eugen Herrigel (20 March 1884 – 18 April 1955) was a German philosopher who taught philosophy at Tohoku Imperial University in Sendai, Japan, from 1924 to 1929 and introduced Zen to large parts of Europe through his writings. While living in Japan from 1924 to 1929, he studied kyūdō, traditional Japanese archery, under Awa Kenzô (阿波研造:1880-1939), a master of the art, in the hope of furthering his understanding of Zen (wikipedia)