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The Archer

Postby Francis Takahashi » Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:32 pm

After winning many archery contests, a young and boastful champion wanted to add
another feather to his cap. Everyone had told him that he was almost the best archer in the
land, and that only one person could beat him. So he decided to challenge that master to a

When he saw the frail old man come onto the field, he almost changed his mind.
But he had vowed to prove that he was the best. The two stood side by side, and the young man smiled confidently at the older man. Then he proceeded to demonstrate remarkable technical proficiency by hitting a distant bull's eye on his first try, and then splitting that arrow with his second shot. "There," he said to the old master, "see if you can match that!"

Unconcerned, the master did not draw his bow, but instead motioned for the young archer to follow him up a mountain path. Curious, the champion followed. All the observers dutifully followed along. They walked up the mountain trail for a long while until they reached a deep chasm spanned by a single thin log high above a raging river.

Calmly stepping out onto the log, the master picked a far away tree, drew his bow, and fired a clean, direct hit. "Now it is your turn," he said as he gracefully stepped back onto safe ground. Staring with terror into the abyss, the young man could not force himself to step onto the log, much less shoot at a target.

"You have much skill with your bow," the master said, sensing the challenger's fear, "but you have little skill with the mind that lets loose the shot."
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Re: The Archer

Postby Carina Rei » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:13 am

A very wise and thoughts provoking story. Thank you for sharing Takahashi Sensei.
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