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Eugen Herrigel

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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 surprose.

— Eugen Herrigel

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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.

— Eugen Herrigel

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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.

— Eugen Herrigel

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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.

— Eugen Herrigel

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

— Eugen Herrigel

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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.

— Eugen Herrigel

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About Eugen Herrigel

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While Suzuki seems to endorse this identification since he wrote the introduction to the post-war edition of Herrigel's book he wrote later that "Herrigel is trying to get to Zen but he hasn't grasped Zen itself". In July 1929 he returned to Germany and was given a chair for philosophy at the University of Erlangen. Among his papers were found voluminous notes on various aspects of Zen.

In July 1929 he returned to Germany and was given a chair for philosophy at the University of Erlangen. Eugen Herrigel (20 March 1884 in Lichtenau Baden – 18 April 1955 in Partenkirchen Bavaria) was a German philosopher who taught philosophy at Tohoku Imperial University in Sendai Japan from 1924-1929 and introduced Zen to large parts of Europe through his writings.

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