“Never allow yourself to mistake outward appearances for reality.”-Huang Po All we can say about any particular thing or experience is but a heap of generalizations and partial descriptions.   Take, for example, what we say is a mountain. On …

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“It is not what you do, but what you stop doing that matters.”-Nisargadatta Maharaj Firearm instruction, unfortunately, seldom includes the importance of keeping your eyes open as the shot fires. Calling the shot is vital for even a moderate amount …

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“If you have a problem that can be fixed, then there is no use in worrying. If you have a problem that cannot be fixed, then there is no use in worrying.” –Buddhist proverb All problems breed, multiply, and thrive in …

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“If you are not sure, don’t act.”  -Bhodidharma After an extraordinary performance, competitors often report they felt “out of their body,” or superhuman. Time slowed down or even seemed to stop. Visual acuity and motor skills combined with laser-like precision. …

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“Here is my secret: I don’t mind what happens.”  -Krishnamurti Knowing when to not care is a path to inner peace. Learn how to live by studying nature. Birds fly, find food and eat, roost up safely for the night, …

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“Zen study is basically to reach the fundamental and clarify the essence.”-Keizan FUNDAMENTALS & TECHNIQUE Understanding the difference between fundamentals and technique is critical for rapid progression. Fundamental means essential: what you must do. Technique is physical: how you do it. …

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“Just be aware, mirrorlike, right now.”-Pai-chang “Turn your attention back upon yourself and observe.”-Lin-chi As children,We ask.And quickly, are told.Unknowingly acceptingWords from another,Belief replaces wonder.Endlessly tortured by the alphabet,We imagine,Somehow –Things can be different (from how they are).Eventually,Driven to doubtAll …

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“Remain in the neutrality of being.”  -Mooji A neutral grip is essential for consistent, accurate, high-speed shooting. NEUTRAL GRIP TEST Aim at the target, close your eyes and fire the shot. Open your eyes to see if the front sight …

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“Shift your attention from words to silence and you will hear.”  -Nisargadatta Maharaj There is no relationship between learned and insight knowledge.  Learned knowledge is received from others; initially, from parents and schooling. Everything we think we know is only …

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“The essence of the great Way is to act purposefully without striving.” -T’ai i chin hua tsung chih Proper technique is a tremendous aid to performance. (I said that because I’m not known as a technique man.) The shooter’s index position …

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