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18060A Lesson In Zen Archery

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Nov 29, 2011
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      A young and rather boastful champion challenged
      a Zen master who was renowned for his skill as
      an archer. The young man demonstrated remarkable
      technical proficiency when he hit a distant bull's
      eye on his first try, and then split that arrow
      with his second shot. "There," he said to the old man,
      "see if you can match that!" Undisturbed, the master did
      not draw his bow, but rather motioned for the young
      archer to follow him up the mountain. Curious about
      the old fellow's intentions, the champion followed
      him high into the mountain until they reached a deep
      chasm spanned by a rather flimsy and shaky log. Calmly
      stepping out onto the middle of the unsteady and
      certainly perilous bridge, the old master
      picked a far away tree as a target, drew his bow,
      and fired a clean, direct hit. "Now it is your turn,"
      he said as he gracefully stepped back onto the
      safe ground. Staring with terror into the seemingly
      bottomless and beckoning abyss, the young man could
      not force himself to step out onto the log, no less shoot
      at a target. "You have much skill with your bow," the
      master said, sensing his challenger's predicament,
      "but you have little skill with the mind that lets loose the shot."