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Eugen Herrigel

Datum narození: 1884
Datum úmrtí: 1955

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„... kdokoliv činí rychlý pokrok na začátku, má tím více potíží později.“ Zen in the Art of Archery

„„Pravé umění“, křičel Mistr, „je bezúčelné, bezcílné!“


„Don't think of what you have to do, don't consider how to carry it out!" he exclaimed. "The shot will only go smoothly when it takes the archer himself by surprise.“ Zen in the Art of Archery

„The right art," cried the Master, "is purposeless, aimless! 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. What stands in your way is that you have a much too willful will. You think that what you do not do yourself does not happen.“

„You have described only too well," replied the Master, "where the difficulty lies... The right shot at the right moment does not come because you do not let go of yourself. You... brace yourself for failure. So long as that is so, you have no choice but to call forth something yourself that ought to happen independently of you, and so long as you call it forth your hand will not open in the right way--like the hand of a child.“

„The man, the art, the work--it is all one.“

„What stands in your way is that you have a much too willful will. You think that what you do not do yourself does not happen.“ Zen in the Art of Archery

„You worry yourself unnecessarily. Put the thought of hitting right out of your mind!“ Zen in the Art of Archery


„And what impels him to repeat this process at every single lesson, and, with the same remorseless insistence, to make his pupils copy it without the least alteration? He sticks to this traditional custom because he knows from experience that the preparations for working put him simultaneously in the right frame of mind for creating. The meditative repose in which he performs them gives him that vital loosening and equability of all his powers, that collectedness and presence of mind, without which no right work can be done.“ Zen in the Art of Archery

„You must learn to wait properly... By letting go of yourself, leaving yourself and everything yours behind you so decisively that nothing more is left of you but a purposeless tension“ Zen in the Art of Archery

„... being able to wait without purpose in the state of highest tension... without continually asking yourself: Shall I be able to manage it? Wait patiently, as see what comes - and how it comes!“ Zen in the Art of Archery

„This, then, is what counts: a lightning reaction which has no further need of conscious observation. In this respect at least the pupil makes himself independent of all conscious purpose.“


„The hand that stretches the bow must open like a child's hand opens. What sometimes hinders the precision of the shot is the archer's over-active will. He thinks: "What I fail to do will not be done", and that's not quite how things work. Man should always act, but he must also let other forces of the universe act in their own due time.“

„The more one concentrates on breathing, the more the external stimuli fade into the background... In due course one even grows immune to larger stimuli, and at the same time detachment from them becomes easier and quicker. Care has only to be taken that the body is relaxed whether standing, sitting or lying, and if one then concentrates on breathing one soon feels oneself shut in by impermeable layers of silence. One only knows and feels that one breathes. And, to detach oneself from this feeling and knowing, no fresh decision is required, for the breathing slows down of its own accord, becomes more and more economical in the use of breath, and finally, slipping by degrees into a blurred monotone, escapes one's attention altogether.“ Zen in the Art of Archery

„... the Master's warning that we should not practice anything except self-detaching immersion.“ Zen in the Art of Archery

„archery is still a matter of life and death to the extent that it is a contest of the archer with himself;“ Zen in the Art of Archery

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