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« on: December 01, 2008, 09:42:48 AM »
This about the way and the goal in life.

After winning several archery contests, a young man, rather a boastful
champion, challenged Zen Master, Bosho, who was reknowned for his
skill as an archer.  The young man demonstrated remarkable technical
archer, when he hit a distant bull's eye on his first try.  And then he
sent a second arrow and split the second arrow horizontally into two
parts.  "There", he said to the Zen Master, "see if you can match that!".

Undisturbed the master, did not draw his bow, but rather told the young
man to follow him upto a 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 rickety old log of a bridge.  Calmly
stepping onto the middle of that unsteady and certainly perilous bridge,
the Zen Master, drew his bow, and fired a clean direct hit on to a flying
bird!  "Now it is your turn," the Master said as he gracefully stpped 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 a target.  "You have much skill with
your bow," the Master said, sensing his challenger's predicament, "but
you have little skill, on the way, with the mind, that lets loose the shot,
towards the goal!"

(Source:  The Essays in Zen Buddhism.  Dr. D.T. Suzuki. Rider and
Company, New York.)

Arunachala Siva.