Ohmato Taikai – Haiku – October 2, 2015

bow and archer
lovers sharing one soul
together in Kyoto

© G.s.k. ‘15

“The man, the art, the work–it is all one.”
― Eugen Herrigel (Zen and the Art of Archery) 

As with most Japanese art, the goal is not to hit the target but to become a part of the whole, to forget one’s ego and go beyond trying to be successful to tap into other forces of the Universe :

“This, then, is what counts: a lightning reaction which has no further need of conscious observation. In this respect at least the pupil makes himself independent of all conscious purpose.”
― Eugen Herrigel

Haiku like kyudo is seeking that same a-ha moment without conscious observation of the self.  Bastet

Zen and the Art of Archery (pdf) download.

Carpe Diem #831 Ohmato Taikai (Festival of the Great Target)

32 thoughts on “Ohmato Taikai – Haiku – October 2, 2015

    • 🙂 I remember writing for the prompts of Paulo Coelho .. whom, outside of your blog I’ve never read. I learnt about Kyudo from Herrigel and many other Japanese art and marshal art form years ago when I was a Shiatsu therapist – that was also my first contact with Zen and haiku … thanks you for this lovely feature – I enjoyed it very much indeed!


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