Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Japanese archery and tea—linked by mindfulness

There is a definite connection between martial arts and tea: As explained in part 3 of "Kyushu, Where Japan's Green Tea Grows," in both cases the practitioner's goal is to empty his mind (kokoro wo mu ni suru), to be so mindful as to completely shut out distracting thoughts.

Demonstrating this philosophy at work in kyūdō is a wonderfully insightful video from the wonderfully named Empty Mind Films, the "leading independent film studio for documentary films on Asia":

—Mellow Monk

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