Life in Progress: A weblog by Heidi Price
10/13/2006

Zen in the Art of Archery


His golf game is off, or so he says.

Though I know nothing about golf and plan never to learn, I am certain I know how to fix his game. It is a book I discovered in college: Zen in the Art of Archery.

I was introduced to this book in my senior year of college. I took an acting class and what I thought would be a blow-off turned out to be one of the most difficult yet enlightening courses in my six years of undergraduate work.

Our professor, whose name I'm sure will come to me on the drive home tonight, introduced me to several works of literature that semester that I keep on my bookshelf today and continue to buy as presents for people I love. One that I have lent out to several people is Tony Kushner's Angels in America. Another is Eugen Herrigel's Zen in the Art of Archery.

Zen in the Art of Archery has a simple premise: Herrigel, a German philosopher, comes to Japan and begins taking archery lessons or kyudo, the art of the Japanese bow. What he learns and later writes about the spiritual approach to archery can be applied to every aspect of his life.

I refer to this book often and credit it for transforming me into the stunning professional and social success that I am today. I am certain it will help his golf game.

1 Comments:

Caroline Shannon said...

OK...so I sense some sarcasam in the next to the last line....hmmmm.

12:43 PM  

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