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Taichi Skiing, Zen Skiing

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发表于 2018-9-13 07:54:06 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式

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Taichi Skiing, Zen Skiing(不動版)

本帖最后由 太極滑雪 于 2018-10-11 08:56 编辑

What do you see in this picture?
(The answer is definitely not what you think.)



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The Zen of Kyudo is “empty mind,”


ONE SHOT. ONE LIFE.  
Official Trailer by Empty Mind Films

What is the Zen of skiing?

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The Empty Mind - Kyudo or Japanese Archery

@01:45,“It is said in Zen,
it is not the target the archer aims at,
but in shooting the arrow,
you would find yourself in the target”
—“aiming without aiming”?
Yes, the ways of Zen are often “paradoxical”/矛盾法.
To find out the resolution
to the paradox is called “koan”/公案,
“aiming without aiming” is one of them.

In Zen archery,
hitting the target is not as importance
as performing the “shooting form,”
nevertheless, is that
the ultimate goal of archery is hitting the target?
“Hitting the target without hitting the target”
is another “koan.”

“Koan” must be resolved by the seekers themselves;
my answers remain mine,
may or may not help others [to understand];
so, it is not a good idea to give the answer
before the seekers are ready to receive it;
nevertheless, as the answer may show a way,
and we have to move on, good luck.

Why performing the perfect “shooting form”
is more important than the target?
According to the “great doctrine” of the Zen archery,
through eons of practices and experiences,
it realizes that in perfect form,
the arrow can't go nowhere but the “target”
the archer “aims” at.
So, Zen archery is actually quite easy,
once one finds out the “perfect form,”
one is done, right? Yeah right.

Now, what is the “perfect form” and
how one is going about to achieve it?
The “great doctrine” also affirms that
by “following” the shooting performance
one learns one’s inner self,
and when the “perfect form” is found,
the archer shoots from within.
Yes, a true master can hit the target blindfolded,
Master Kenzo Awa did.
(“Zen in the art of archery” by Eugen Herrigel)

And it is also true that in order
to reach the “perfect form”
one cannot have its own ideas
(as which cannot be “perfect,”)
so the “perfect form” can only be reached
through “no-mind”/ “empty mind,” which is
“a mind where mind is no longer there,”
(which is another koan).

(Resolving Koans was one common ancient practice
to study and to reach “enlightenment”/悟.)

As the arrow hits the target,
one is to say to have found oneself.
When one finds oneself and releases the arrow
which will find the target that is oneself,
one will be “killed”—“one shot, one life”—
(a big slogan, at least, I hope that is what it means.)
What is good about if one is killed? Yes, of course,
one will reborn as “enlightened.”
Thus, finding a path to the enlightenment to Zen,
imo, is what Zen archery is all about.
As Zen archers seek internally
for the “perfect form,”
the Zen archery is no longer an external sport,
but an inner discipline/philosophy
that pursues the highest meaning of life.
Then what? what else?
No, after “enlightenment,”
there's only “nothing”/無,

(as there is no language exists to describe such reality).

So, there is no “more understanding”
beyond the enlightenment,
which is a state of ultimate, Taichi/太極.
We are back home, Taichi Skiing.

Taichi Skiing, seeks balancing the “gravity”
internally, which transforms the skiing
from an external sport into
an inner discipline/philosophy that
quests the ultimate truth of the universe—gravity—
thus, in enlightenment,
be “oneness” with gravity,
which, imo, is the center of the universe/cosmos.

Now back to the original question,
“What is the Zen of skiing? ”

The Zen of skiing is the virgin powder snow.
Anything touches it leaves marks,
And the “koan” of Zen Skiing now is
“how” can you make “clean” tracks
like those in the picture?



(The beautiful “figure” you see is an actual
“holistic” experience, which states
“the whole is more than the parts combine,”
and of course, “the beautiful [woman] figure”
is just another “illusion.”)



—By Ichin Shen—

Dedicated to my beloved dear wife,
Helen Shen,
who has wished that she had a writer hubby;
without her supports,
Taichi Skiing is an impossibility.

And special thinks to the “chaser,”
Mike Becraft,
for his superb skiing skills
that make this video possible.

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