Awa Kenzo (1880-1939) was a master archer, who created a singular approach to the bow and arrow that highlighted spiritual dimensions of living. His teachings on the 'great way of shooting' empowered students to mindfulness and spiritual enlightenment through the practice of archery. Eugen Herrigel (1884-1955), who wrote Zen in the Art of Archery, was a student of Kenzo.
"In nature there are correspondences which cannot be understood, and yet are so real that we have grown accustomed to them, just as if they could not be any different. The spider dances her web without knowing that there are flies who will get caught in it. The fly, dancing nonchalantly on a sunbeam, gets caught in the net without knowing what lies in store. But through both of them 'It' dances, and inside and outside are united in this dance."
Awa Kenzo, quoted in Eugen Herrigel, Zen in the Art of Archery.
“Bow, arrow, goal and ego, all melt into one another, so that I can no longer separate them. And even the need to separate has gone. For as soon as I take the bow and shoot, everything becomes so clear and straight forward and so ridiculously simple.”
Eugen Herrigel, Zen in the Art of Archery
"You know already that you should not grieve over bad shots; learn now not to rejoice over the good ones. You must free yourself from the buffetings of pleasure and pain, and learn to rise above them in easy equanimity, to rejoice as though not you but another had shot well. This, too, you must practice unceasingly—you cannot conceive how important it is.”
Awa Kenzo, Master Archer, 1880-1939
'Listen my child, said the old pine
tree, to the little one nestling near,
For the storm clouds troop together to-night,
and the wind of the north I hear
And perchance there may come some echo of
the music of long ago...
William Henry Drummond (1854-1907 ) The Old Pine Tree.
Drummond was one of Canadas mosr widely read and loved poets, and
also a telegraph operator, physician, and professor of hygiene and medical jurisprudence.