A precise description of the techniques used in Zen training.
About the Author
Herrigel, a German professor who taught philosophy at the University of Tokyo, penetrated deeply and personally into the theory and practice of Zen Buddhism. In endeavoring to become a Zen mystic, he experienced the rigorous discipline of training with a Zen Master for six years.
Alan Watts was born in England in 1915 and received his early education at King's School, Canterbury. He received a master's degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois and an honorary doctorate of divinity from the University of Vermont. He wrote his first book, The Spirit of Zen, at the age of twenty and went on to write over twenty other books including The Way of Zen, The Book, and Tao: The Watercourse Way, which though never fully completed was published after the author's death and introduced thousands of readers to Taoist thought.
In addition to being an acclaimed author and philosopher, Dr. Watts was also an Episcopalian minister, professor, graduate-school dean and reasearch fellow of Harvard University. By the early 1960s, he moved to Sausolito, California, and held seminars and lectures throughout the United States. Alan Watts died in 1973.
"When Eugen Herrigel died in 1955 he had published only one book, but it was a classic of its kind, Zen in the Art of Archery. He also left voluminous notes describing his six years of training under a Japanese Zen Master. These, edited and revised by Alan Watts and others, form The Method of Zen... even surpassing Herrigel's earlier work."
-- San Francisco Sunday Chronicle
"A more charmingly written, informative and important primer on any subject, let alone one as obscure as Zen, is hard to come by."
-- Faubion Bowers, The New York Times Book Review