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Story: The Arrow and the Sea

A story told by Abbess Blanche Hartman

of the San Francisco Zen Center (2002)


A Zen master accomplished in the way of the bow and his Zen archery teacher were practicing on the cliff overlooking the sea. The archery teacher demonstrated his skill on a target near the precipice by piercing its center. He handed the bow and an arrow to the Zen master. The Zen master pulled the bow to its fullest arc, and with complete focus, care, and attention, released the arrow into the ocean. When it struck the water, he said, "Bullseye!"


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Taken on January 24, 2007