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Shots in the Dark: Japan, Zen, and the West (Buddhism and Modernity)

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In the years after World War II, Westerners and Japanese alike elevated Zen to the quintessence of spirituality in Japan. Pursuing the sources of Zen as a Japanese ideal, Shoji Yamada uncovers the surprising role of two cultural touchstones: Eugen Herrigeland#8217;s Zen in the Art of Archery and the Ryoanji dry-landscape rock garden. Yamada shows how both became facile conduits for exporting and importing Japanese culture.

First published in German in 1948 and translated into Japanese in 1956, Herrigeland#8217;s book popularized ideas of Zen both in the West and in Japan. Yamada traces the prewar history of Japanese archery, reveals how Herrigel mistakenly came to understand it as a traditional practice, and explains why the Japanese themselves embraced his interpretation as spiritual discipline. Turning to Ryoanji, Yamada argues that this epitome of Zen in fact bears little relation to Buddhism and is best understood in relation to Chinese myth. For much of its modern history, Ryoanji was a weedy, neglected plot; only after its allegorical role in a 1949 Ozu film was it popularly linked to Zen. Westerners have had a part in redefining Ryoanji, but as in the case of archery, Yamadaand#8217;s interest is primarily in how the Japanese themselves have invested this cultural site with new value through a spurious association with Zen.

About the Author

Shoji Yamada is associate professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto. Earl Hartman is a professional translator and technical writer based in California.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the American Edition

Introduction

1. Between the Real and the Fake

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Kitschy World of and#8220;Zen in/and the Art of . . .and#8221;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Rock Garden in New York

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Moving Borderline

2. The Mystery of Zen in the Art of Archery

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Beginning of the Story

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Spiritual Archery and Herrigeland#8217;s Meeting with Its Teacher

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Becoming a Disciple

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Breathing

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Release

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Purposefulness and Purposelessness

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Target in the Dark

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Riddle of and#8220;Itand#8221;

3. Dissecting the Myth

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Spread of Zen in the Art of Archery

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Moment the Myth Was Born

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; What is Japanese Archery?

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Great Doctrine of the Way of Shooting

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; What Herrigel Studied

4. The Erased History

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Blank Slate

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Herrigeland#8217;s Early Years

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Japanese in Heidelberg

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Homecoming and the Nazis

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; From the End of the War to Retirement

5. Are Rock Gardens Really Pretty?

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; From the and#8220;Tiger Cubs Crossing the Riverand#8221; to the and#8220;Higher Selfand#8221;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Neglected Rock Garden

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Rock Garden in Textbooks

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Unsightly Stones and a Weeping Cherry Tree

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Shiga Naoya and Muro Saisei

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Are Rock Gardens Pretty?

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Popularization and the Expression of Zen

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Proof of Beauty

6. Looking at the Mirrorand#8217;s Reflection

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Another Japan Experience

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Bruno Taut and Ryoanji

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The People Who Introduced Zen and Ryoanji to the West

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Isamu Noguchi

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; How Zen in the Art of Archery and Ryoanji Were Received

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Does Zen Stink?

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Kyudo, Zen, and the Olympics

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; I Knew It! Itand#8217;s Zen!

Postscript

Translatorand#8217;s Afterword

Appendix: Herrigeland#8217;s and#8220;Defenseand#8221;

Kanji for Personal Names

Kanji for Japanese Terms

BibliographyIndex

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226947648
Author:
Yamada, Shoji
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Translator:
Hartman, Earl
Author:
880-01 Yamada, Shoji
Author:
Hartman, Earl
Subject:
Buddhism - Zen
Subject:
History
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Zen buddhism
Subject:
Civilization, western
Subject:
Herrigel, Eugen
Subject:
Zen Buddhism - Study and teaching - Europe
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Zen Buddhism
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Buddhism and Modernity
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 halftones, 6 line drawings
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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