Zen Story: The Target

The master at the school for archery was known to be a master of life just as much as of archery. One day his brightest pupil scored three bull’s-eyes in a row at a local contest. Everyone went wild with applause. Congratulations poured in for pupil — and master. The master, however, seemed unimpressed — almost critical even. When the pupil later asked him why, he said, “You have yet to learn that the target is not the target.”

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