Proclamation of Being - Continued.

Illuminated Dropped Capital A better illustration of this concept can be taken from Zen Buddhism. One of the Japanese martial arts associated with Zen Buddhism is archery. Kyudo, the way of the bow, has even entered into European and American culture. A special asymmetrical bow is used which permits an over all longer bow length. Somewhat like the "Tea Ceremony", this form of archery is veryJa[anese style floral. formalized or ritualized. While this is basically true, this statement does not begin to do justice to the reality of Zen archery which has the purpose of enlightenment, not just hitting a target accurately with an arrow. To participate to this depth however requires finding an appropriate master in addition to a great deal of time.Hikiwake - The bow and arrow at point of release.  The focal point of Zen archery could simplistically be considered to be proper release of the arrow. One way of describing the proper release is that "you" do not shoot the arrow, "It shoots". This moment is graphically illustrated by the drawing at the left side of this page showing the characteristic bow, stance and full draw position of Zen archery. Proper release is considered to automatically provide proper aiming and maximum power. An excellent book, "Zen in the Art of Archery", has been written by Eugene Herrigel describing his experiences studying Kyudo in Japan during the 1930's. This book is considered a classic and is still available in print.

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