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 instrumental in introducing Eastern thought to Western civilization. He held both a master's degree in theology and a doctorate of divinity, and is best known as an interpreter of Indian and Chinese philosophy and Zen Buddhism. He was the author of hundreds of articles on philosophy and religion, and 33 books that have been translated into eleven languages.
"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