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  • medit8ionsociety
    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
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 7, 2010
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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
      ellow'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."
    • medit8ionsociety
      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
      Message 2 of 3 , Jan 9, 2013
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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."
      • medit8ionsociety
        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
        Message 3 of 3 , Jan 9, 2013
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          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,
          Bob

          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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