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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow: The Life and Teachings of Awa Kenzo, the Archery Master from Zen in the Art of A rchery

Authors: Stevens, John
Publisher: Shambhala
BISAC/Subject: BIO016000, PHI025000, REL092000, SPO027000, REL007020
ISBN: 9780834827233, Related ISBNs: 0834827239, 159030442X, 9780834827233, 9781590304426
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 128,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: The life and inspirational teachings of Awa Kenzo, the Japanese master archer first introduced in the martial arts classic Zen in the Art of Archery

A Zen and kyudo (archery) master, Awa Kenzo (1880–1939) first gained worldwide renown after the publication of Eugen Herrigel's cult classic Zen in the Art of Archery in 1953. Kenzo lived and taught at a pivotal time in Japan's history, when martial arts were practiced primarily for self-cultivation, and his wise and penetrating instructions for practice (and life)—including aphorisms, poetry, instructional lists, and calligraphy—are infused with the spirit of Zen. Kenzo uses the metaphor of the bow and arrow to challenge the practitioner to look deeply into his or her own true nature.
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