Kyudo - The way of the bow

“The archer lifts his bamboo bow,
he draws it back slowly, relaxed,
he holds the arrow just long enough to allow the shot to mature,
and a perfect balance occurs:
with heightened awareness the archer lets go and opens up,
becoming one with the bow, the arrow, and the target.
The impact is heard but the shot continues beyond.
Without aiming, the archer aimed at himself.
Without looking to reach the target, the archer has reached himself.”

Kyudo Québec

“Working with the precision of the form, a natural process naturally unfolds through which the practitioner has the opportunity to see the mind more clearly. The target becomes a mirror which reflects the qualities of heart and mind at the moment of the arrow’s release.”

Kanjuro Shibata XX

Thus, an intellectual understanding of kyudo cannot take the place of one’s intuitive, special understanding - gained through experience, not words.

Clearly, the practice of kyudo is neither a sport nor a means of measuring performance: it is truly a meditation discipline. Kyudo has close ties with other Zen-related pursuits such as the tea ceremony (Chado), calligraphy (Shodo), and flower arrangement (Ikebana). All these art forms reflect the heart, mind and energy of their practitioners.

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