January 16, 2013

The Whole Universe Is The Canvas

Thanks to Bryan for sharing the book Zen In The Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel, first published by Pantheon Books, Inc., 1953. Following is an excerpt from the introduction to the book by Daisetz T. Suzuki:

When a man reaches this stage of "spiritual" development, he is a Zen artist of life. He does not need, like the painter, a canvas, brushes, and paints; nor does he require, like the archer, the bow and arrow and target, and other paraphernalia. He has his limbs, body, head, and other parts. His Zen-life expresses itself by means of all these "tools" which are important to its manifestation. His hands and feet are the brushes and the whole universe is the canvas on which he depicts his life for seventy, eighty, or even ninety years. This picture is called "history."

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