“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” – Confucius
“If I did not do these things, I could not say these things.” – Simone Weil.
“Without practice, there’s no knowledge.” – Paulo Freire
“Practice and enlightenment are one” – Dōgen Zenji.
“What I propose is very simple: it is nothing more than to think what we are doing.” -Hannah Arendt.
“Everything you encounter in your life is your practice.” – Roshi Kosho Uchiyama.
“The best way to understand is to do.” Immanuel Kant, Education (9: 477)
“Like an archer, an arrow,
the wise man steadies his trembling mind,
a fickle and restless weapon.” – The Dhammapada
“There’s a difference between being still and doing nothing.” Mr. Han. The Karate Kid (2010)
We are not disembodied minds made to know abstract theories. Rather, we develop skills and practices, our bodies learn, and so we discover what we could not know otherwise. Practices shape the way our minds perceive, remember, and anticipate. They teach us specific ways to pay attention or to stay alert. Our skills and practices shape us as profoundly as any product they may produce.
“Zen and Archery” teaches students to pay attention to their lives by training them to shoot a bow, to reflect, and to write. We will think about our practices both for the sake of the practices themselves and for the sake of how those practices shape us as practitioners. Our texts will help us discover how to function as mindful members of a community of practitioners.
Final Paper Prompt
MacIntyre, Alasdair. The Nature of Virtues-Chapter 14 After Virtue.
Dreyfus, Herbert. “How Far is Distance Learning…” On the Internet
Shoji Yamada, The_Myth_of_Zen_in_the_Art_of_Archery
Texts to Buy for Class
Resources for Class
Web page: Archery 360
Range: Archery Bow Range Chicago
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