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18528Re: Zen Archery

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Jan 9, 2013
      As has been shared before, it's traditional to "get"
      teaching stories on 7 different levels. Here's a hint
      about this one.......,
      The tree that the Zen master hit is the mind! Meditating
      on that perhaps will give you some steadiness in all and
      every situation.
      Peace and blessings,

      medit8ionsociety wrote:
      > 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."
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