If one really wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge of it is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an “artless art” growing out of the Unconscious.
In the case of archery, the hitter and the hit are no longer two opposing objects, but are one reality. The archer ceases to be conscious of himself as the one who is engaged in hitting the bull’s-eye which confronts him.
This state of unconsciousness is realized only when, completely empty and rid of the self, he becomes one with the perfecting of his technical skill, though there is in it something of a quite different order which cannot be attained by any progressive study of the art.”
Introduction “Zen and the Art of Archery”
“From the Buddhist point of view, there is a really big tragedy that is happening all the time.The fact that all beings, like you and me, you know, sentient beings, even so they are adorned with an enlightened-nature – wherever they go, enlightened-nature goes – they just miss it all the time. That is the biggest tragedy. It is so near, it is just so close, it is right here in front, even closer than in front of you. But most of us, we miss it. That is the biggest tragedy.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh ~
Our True Heritage
Researchers have discovered the oldest known ape and old world monkey fossil in a riverbed in Tanzania. The fossils are approximately 25 million years old, and until now we knew little about this period of primate evolution. The finding sheds light on the divergence of old world monkeys and apes.
Too many colours blind the eye.
Too many tones deafen the ear.
Too many flavours dull the taste.
Too many thoughts derange the mind.
Too many desires weaken the heart.
The Sage observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.