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In 'Zen in the art of archery' Eugen Herrigel says in Japan he was told that no Westerner could ever hope to master Zen without at least some experience in one of the traditional spiritual Japanese arts. Is this so?
April 21, 2014, 2:12 pm
Dr Eugen Herrigel lived about 100 years ago at a time when Zen was only being practised by professional monks. Even in Japan it was not well known by others. Nowadays many Zen texts have been translated, there are also many teachers that are not only Japanese, thus it has become a time when many people can be touched by the teaching of Zen. But again herein also lies the problem that people too easily believe that they understand Zen. Zen is about the experience of one´s original mind, so there is no understanding needed. Let your body, your blood, your hair pores become the practice, or else it is of no purpose. Let us pay attention to this closely together and not loosen our efforts.