a thousand arrows

A zen student talked for thirty minutes, explaining in detail the philosophical problem he was facing. Relieved, he then looked expectantly at the master who asked: “You are looking for answers?”

The student nodded his head: “Yes”.

The master said: “A thousand arrows, one bow.”

The student double blinked with a puzzled expression on his face.

The master explained: “Your mind is like a bow that fires a thousand arrows. Shift your focus from the arrow to the bow that fires it. There is only one bow.”

The student asked, disappointed: “But what about my philosophical problem?”

The master said: “Look only at the bow, not the arrow.”








thanx az!


9 thoughts on “a thousand arrows

  1. Would you consider adding a link to my blog (aboutzen.wordpress.com) for people who would like to read more stories like this one? I’m the author of this story. 🙂

  2. Oh, so that’s who the mysterious “az” is! 😀

    My suggestion: a small text that reads “Source: aboutzen.wordpress.com”? That would be nice. 🙂

    Thanks for spreading my work and good luck with yours.

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous :)

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