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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Zen for Assholes

The title grabbed my attention (of course) and the article is good:

Well, most if not all of the really good world-class rel-world hunting archers shoot their arrows without pins. They use Zen whether they know it or not.

Zen is basically emptying your mind of preconceptions to better grasp reality. Instead of devising a system of mediocrity to approach the target, Zen's goal is to hit it square every single time.

A zen archer shoots by what is called 'instinct.' He doesn't use pins. He doesn't concentrate on hitting a target. He doesn't aim. He engages in process. It is both deliberate and effortless. The Zen archer awaits a moment.


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