Asceticism in kyu-dou
Eugen Herrigel said in his book, “Zen in the Art of Archery”.
“You had to suffer shipwreck through your own efforts before you were ready to seize the lifebelt the master threw you.”
“Whoever makes good progress in the beginning has all the more difficulties later on.”
These phrases are the sense which many Japanese love. We have been taught such thought.
“The right art is purposeless, aimless! The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede. What stands in your way is that you have a much too willful will. You think that what you do not do yourself does not happen.”
This is more like Japanese mind. I am afraid that Westerners don’t understand that. It is what I say about dou-learning.
“Out of fullness of this presence of mind, disturbed by no ulterior motive, the artist who is released from all attachment must practice his art.”
This is high level of dou. Whoever practice some kind of dou hope to arrive it.
“You have now reached a stage where teacher and pupil are no longer two persons, but one.”
That is the core of dou. Can you see that I says “shu” is important. Shu is mimicry and repetition.