Posts Tagged ‘archery’

Paulo Coelho – Mein Leben/Ma Vie

December 26, 2012

Paulo Coelho uses archery as a form of meditation.

The Way of the Bow is a mediation on archery.

Please feel free to download a free audio book of The Way of the Bow (limited to 200 free books per month, always free to listen on-line, to share).

The Way of the Bow

September 1, 2012
The Way of the Bow

The Way of the Bow

What is a bow without arrows? Like an author without books.

What is a bow without arrows? Like an author without books.

The Way of the Bow

by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian writer, author of The Pilgrimage, The Alchemist and Aleph. His latest book Manuscrito encontrado em Accra was published in Brazil July 2012 and will be published the rest of the world late 2012, early 2013.

The Way of the Bow

A prayer without a deed is an arrow without a bow-string

A deed without a prayer is a bow-string without an arrow

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Way of the Bow is a meditation on the art of archery.

The Way of the Bow, centres around the story of Tetsuya, the best archer in the country, who conveys his teachings to a boy in his village.

A few quotes from The Way of the Bow

“The best allies are those who do not think like everyone else. When you seek companions, trust your intuition and pay no attention to what anyone else may say. People always judge others by taking as a model their own limitations, and other people’s opinions are often full of prejudice.”

“Join with those who experiment, take risks, fall, get hurt and then take more risks. Stay away from those who affirm truths, who criticize those who do not think like them.”

“Join with those who are flexible as the wood of your bow. They are people who do not hesitate to change direction when they encounter some insuperable barrier. They have the qualities of water: flowing around rocks, adapting to the course of the river…”

“Join with those who sing, tell stories, take pleasure in life, and have joy in their eyes, because joy is contagious and can prevent others from becoming paralyzed by depression, loneliness and difficulties. Join with those who do their work with enthusiasm.”

The Way of the Bow audio book is available as free download. If you enjoy, please feel free to make a donation to the Paulo Coelho Institute.

The Paulo Coelho Institute was founded by Paulo and his wife Christina to help street kids in Rio.

There is currently a limit on downloads of 200 free downloads per month (set by bandcamp). There is no limit on paid for downloads. If the limit for the month has been exceeded please try again the following month. You may listen on-line as often as you like.

Please feel free to share The Way of the Bow with friends. There is no limit on sharing.

The Way of the Bow is available as an e-book free download from frostwire

Please also look out for special offers on Paulo Coelho back catalogue with downloads of e-books available at $0.99 per e-book.

The cover art is detail from a painting exhibited by Chris Skillicorn-Aston @ The Barn.

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Keith Parkins – executive producer, liner notes
Elaine Street – audio recording
Chris Skillicorn-Aston – cover art, details from a painting
Calvin Hales and Central Utah Educational Services – tech support

The music is from a free download site called soundzabound … Our song is “Mellow Woods”, from the “Easy Listening Low TempoMellow Volume”.

The Way of the Bow audio book is a collaborative venture, Paulo Coelho, Keith Parkins and Elaine Street. Everyone involved with the project has given their time, services and expertise for free.

Paulo Coelho on archery and meditation

April 8, 2011

Stunning photography!

Note paintings by Christina on the wall in the background.

Here where I am

January 25, 2011
zen archer

zen archer

After having won many archery contests, the town champion went to the Zen master.

– I am the best of all – he said. – I didn’t study religion, never sought help from the monks, and succeeded in becoming the finest archer in the whole region. I heard that, for a time, you were the best archer in the region, and ask you: was it necessary to become a monk in order to learn to shoot?

– No – replied the Zen master.

But the champion was not satisfied: he took an arrow, placed it in the bow, fired it and hit a cherry which was very far away. Smiling, as if to say: “you might have saved your time, devoting yourself only to technique.” And he said:

– I doubt whether you could do that.

Without looking in the least bit worried, the master went inside, fetched his bow, and began to walk towards a nearby mountain.

On the way, there was an abyss which could only be crossed by an old bridge made of rotting rope, and which was almost collapsing.

The Zen master went to the middle of the bridge, took his bow and placed an arrow in it, then aimed at a tree on the far side of the precipice, and hit his target.

– Now it is your turn – he kindly told the young man, as he returned to firm ground.

Terrified as he gazed down at the abyss below his feet, the young man went to the spot and fired, but his arrow veered wide of the mark.

– That is why the discipline of meditation was worthwhile – concluded the master, when the young man returned to him.

“You may have great skill with the instrument you choose for your livelihood, but it us useless, if you cannot command the mind which uses that instrument.”

Posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog. Archery is a favourite pastime of Paulo Coelho.

Top story in The Prayer Daily (Wednesday 26 January 2011).

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