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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 , 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 2 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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